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Friday April 18, 2014

RAY ARSENAULT

Ray Arsenault, winner of this year’s NELSON POYNTER AWARD FROM THE ACLU, discussed his involvement as a local and state chair of the ACLU. Arsenault is a professor of history at USF in St. Petersburg and is currently writing a book on the Freedom Riders, the wave of civil rights workers who attempted to integrate public facilities in the South in the early 1960s.

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STETSON KENNEDY

Kennedy headed the Florida Folklife program at the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. There he headed the collection of oral histories of freed slaves; he also worked with writer Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1940s he went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. The information he gathered was sent to Drew Pearson’s national radio program and resulted in Kennedy's book, THE KLAN UNMASKED. He was also a protégé of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie. Kennedy was in to...

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THE ISRAELI PERSPECTIVE ON THE INTIFADA

Jack Ross is an attorney, a former member of the Israeli Army and a former aide to Israel's Supreme Court. He presented the case for continued U.S. support for Israel's government. He said Israel is a democracy at war; that it does not mistreat Palestinians, that in 1999 it offered a generous peace settlement to the Palestinians, and that Palestinians should have accepted the offer.

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ACORN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

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The Association of Concerned Citizens for Reform Now, a national community organization of low and moderate-income families, began the public phase of their campaign against Wells Fargo today. ACORN is accusing Wells Fargo of participating in predatory lending practices, and is demanding that the corporation begin negotiations to change the way they do business with at-risk borrowers. In at least 10 communities across the country including Tampa, ACORN members and supporters took ...

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SHOULD THE 2000 FLORIDA PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT CARDS BE SAVED?

Retired M.D. Ed Stein had an idea in the days following the controversial 2000 Presidential Election. He took out his microscope and looked at a punch card. He discovered that the styli used to punch votes made a mark on every card, even if the card was a supposed "under vote." The mark, Stein says, shows up even when the vote is not perceptible to the naked eye. He said he suggested to Democrats and election officials that microscopes be used to determine the intent of the voter. No one took...

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THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ

Joseph Gerson, editor of "The Sun Never Sets," a book about U.S. military bases worldwide, says tonight's speech by President Bush declaring an end to combat in Iraq will not declare a pull-out of U.S. troops. Gerson is director of the Peace and Economic Security Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He said today: "Behind the rhetoric of 'liberation' and not staying 'a day' longer than needed, the Bush administration is clearly working to create a client government which will al...

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THE ISRAELI PEACE MOVEMENT

Our guests, Pnina Firestone of the Coalition of Women's Organizations for a Just Peace, who lives in Jerusalem; Ora Wise, the daughter of a rabbi, born in Jerusalem; and Gabriella Callender, a spoken word activist from Brooklyn with the Mahina Movement. They discussed their views on the treatment of Palestinians, safety for Israel, the direction of the Likud government and U.S. policy toward the Middle East.

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VANDALIZED MLK STATUE REDEDICATED - Amy Snider

Today at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a Ceremony was held to rededicate a bust of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which had been vandalized, and repaired. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Actuality of student La’Farrah Davis

That was USF student LaFarrah Davis, who welcomed the crowd of about 250 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. bust rededication ceremony at Martin Luther King plaza on USF’s Tampa campus.

USF senior Braulio Colon discussed ...

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE REFORM - Amy Snider

Yesterday the State senate passed a Medical Malpractice reform bill to attempt to cure what is seen as a health care crisis in Florida. Today, the Tampa Bay Tiger Bay Club addressed the issue by pitting a doctor against a lawyer to help outline the issues in this debate. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

On one side, was Tampa malpractice attorney Pat Dekle. On the other, Tampa Ear, nose, and throat doctor Dennis Agliano. The two men addressed what is seen as a crisis in Florida and ...

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THE TIKKUN PEACE COMMUNITY

Tikkun magazine founder, Rabbi Michael Lerner, is organizing a network of people devoted to peace and healing in the Middle East. Organizer Robyn Lundy discussed why the peace process is off track, human rights abuses in the region, and why a change is needed in U.S. foreign policy.

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