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Monday April 21, 2014

CUBA AND TIGER BAY CLUB

Both debaters admitted that that they are probably as far apart on the issue of US Cuba relations as two people can be. This difference, however, provided an extreme example of the challenges those on both sides of the issue will face in any attempt to construct a unified Cuba policy.

Ralph Fernandez, a Cuba native who left with his parents as a young child, believes that Castro has not changed over the last several decades, and that he still poses a threat to his own people and the rest ...

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THE REAL HOMECOMING FOR VIETNAM VETS

Jerry Lembcke is a professor at Holy Cross College and the author of THE SPITTING IMAGE, a book which looked at the myths and truths surrounding the homecoming given Vietnam Veterans during the 1960s and '70s. Lembcke says it's a myth that many Vietnam Veterans were spat upon when they returned to the States.

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PEACE FESTIVAL IN WILLIAMS PARK

Two organizers of the upcoming gathering in St. Petersburg, Mark Kamleiter and Sheila McKeown, discussed the state of the anti-war movement, the next challenges for the peace movement and efforts to continue organizing against militarism.

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THE ATKINS DIET

THE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH SHOW w/ Dr. Carol Roberts, MD. Today Roberts discussed the Atkins Diet.

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DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET

Interview with best-selling author Anna Lappe. She is the co-author of HOPE'S EDGE:THE NEXT DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET (Tarcher/Putnam). Written with her mother, Frances Moore Lappe, the book chronicles a journey the two made to five continents. On this journey they observed the emergence of social movements addressing the roots of hunger and poverty.

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WAS PROPAGANDA USED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR THE WAR?

Freelance writer Dennis Hans has written for many publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate and TomPaine.com. He's also taught mass communications at USF. He says that the Bush administration has used classic propaganda techniques to build support for the war in Iraq. Those techniques include "stating as fact allegations", "withholding key facts", "misrepresentation", setting up "straw man" arguments, "misquotation", and "putting the most frightening interpretation on ...

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THE DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT

Human rights activists, PTA groups, students and others are seeking passage of a bill that would protect students from harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race ethnicity, and physical or mental disability. Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida discussed the impact of harassment on high school students, how it disrupts the learning environment and why reducing harassment should be a matter of public policy.

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LIFE AFTER THE COVERT U.S. WAR AGAINST NICARAGUA

For much of the 1980s the Reagan-Bush administration carried out a covert war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The U.S. spent hundreds of millions of dollars to oust the Sandinistas. Are the people of Nicaragua better off today? Our guest, Lillian Hall, a Quaker activist with the grassroots humanitarian group Ponca, says in many ways Nicaraguans are worse off. Their health care and education systems have seen massive cuts, sweatshops are on the increase. So are poverty and home...

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ACORN PROTESTS PROPOSED TAX CUTS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

The Florida Consumer Action Network in cooperation with the Association of Communities for Reform Now (ACORN) held a press conference today to inform the public about what they see as the potential threat of President Bush’s proposed tax cuts. The two groups joined several other public advocacy groups nationwide in a symbolic tax day protest of the President’s plan. Representatives from both FCAN and ACORN joined WMNF in our studios after the conference, and WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weav...

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LESSONS FROM NAFTA

Donalda Macdonald is president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Prince Edward Island division). She will come to Tampa this weekend to discuss the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on workers' jobs and pay levels in Canada since its passage. She says NAFTA has encouraged privatization and resulted in a lower standard of living and a decrease in service levels, especially in the Canadian health care system.

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