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Friday April 25, 2014

SARASOTA WOMAN WAS HUMAN SHIELD IN IRAQ

Faith Pippinger is a retired teacher living in Sarasota. For several weeks this year she was in Iraq, as a human shield. She is a pacifist who thought the U.S. invasion of Iraq was the wrong policy. She saw first-hand civilians killed and maimed as a result of the missile attacks and bombing of civilian areas in Iraq.

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IS PRESIDENT BUSH WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM?

Last week there were three suicide bombings in Morocco, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Dozens of people were killed, including eight Americans. The president says his policies are successful in discouraging terrorism, but others are not so sure. Dr. Harry Vanden, a political science professor at USF, has written extensively on terrorism. He says the Bush policy has not stopped terrorism and may have exacerbated the causes.

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AD CENSORSHIP

A discussion of an attempt by Moveon.org to place an ad attacking President Bush’s tax cut proposal on the local Bright House cable TV network; also open phones.

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EAST TAMPA RESIDENTS REACT TO DRUG CLEANUP PLAN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

This Monday Tampa mayor Pam Iorio announced the official beginning of her new plan, Operation Commitment. Operation Commitment is an enforcement operation targeting east Tampa neighborhoods with the aim of cleaning up drug activity and ultimately reviving sagging businesses in the area. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has been speaking to business people in the east Tampa area about the mayor’s plan, and she files this report…

Law enforcement officials are calling th...

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FCC PLANS FOR MORE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

Our guest, John Nichols, is co-author of the new book OUR MEDIA, NOT THEIRS (Seven Stories Press). He criticized a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to further deregulate media ownership rules. The FCC is slated to decide the issue on June 2. But Nichols warns that the media is already too consolidated and the breadth of discussion on radio and television is already quite limited. He discussed why having diverse media ownership is essential to a marketplace of ideas and a function...

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ELLEN FRANK

Ellen Frank, professor of economics at Emmanuel College in Boston and author of the forthcoming book, "Money Illusions," said today: "Bush's economic plan is unlikely to create jobs or growth as he claims. His plan centers on giving more money to wealthy investors with the supposition that they will invest this excess windfall in projects which will create jobs and growth. The reality is that wealthy investors are already swimming in money and unable to find sustainable growth avenues for the...

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WHO STANDS TO PROFIT FROM THE REBUILDING OF IRAQ?

Investigative reporter Pretep Chatterjee has traveled widely in the Middle East. He’s looked at the links between companies with close ties to the Bush administration and recently-awarded contracts to rebuild. Among the companies he investigated: Halliburton and Bechtel. He says these companies stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars for participating in the reconstruction of Iraq.

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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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