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Wednesday April 23, 2014

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 Kris...

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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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ACTRESS SUSAN SARANDON DISINVITED BY THE TAMPA BAY UNITED WAY

Oscar winning actress Sarandon (DEAD MAN WALKING) is an outspoken peace activist. Her scheduled appearance on April 11th at a Tampa Bay United Way fundraiser was cancelled after several dozen people complained about her political views. In this segment Sarandon discussed her political views, her support for the troops and veterans, as well as her belief that the war was creating more problems than it solved.

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WHERE DO YOUR TAX DOLLARS GO?

Anita Dancs, research director at the National Priorities Project has studied the federal budget and the president's tax cut proposals. She says that 26% of every tax dollar goes to pay for the military, 23% goes to interest on the debt. She said the Iraq war and the proposed tax cuts are likely to increase the federal budget deficits and have consequences for future generations.

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RESIDENTS TALK ABOUT IRAQ WAR - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Conversations with Florida residents indicate that both the course of the war with Iraq and the media coverage it has received have altered some opinions about both its necessity and legitimacy. Cindy Verner, a student at HCC, says that she was unaware of how grave the situation was for people living under Saddam Hussein…

Verner however is less certain of how much of what she considers to be the burden of reconstruction the United States should bear alone…

Stephanie Incena ...

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THE FIRST TAMPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Co-founder and University of Tampa professor, Elizabeth Coffman, joined two Cuban directors, Orlando Rojas (NIGHTS IN CONSTANTINOPLE) and Jose Padron (LEO BROWER). They discussed the festival, filmmaking in Cuba and the view of Tampa from the island of Cuba.

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MIDDLE EAST

April 8th, 2003; 1-2PM: THE VIEW OF THE IRAQ WAR FROM THE Susan Taylor Martin is Senior Correspondent at the St. Petersburg Times. She's recently returned from reporting on the situation in Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Israel and other Middle East nations. What she found in many parts of the Arab world was a skepticism about the aims of U.S. foreign policy and a dangerous undercurrent of unrest in the region. She said the war in Iraq may open up some of the political fissures in the region and lead...

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NATURAL CHILDBIRTH

Licensed midwife Donna Palmer has been a midwife for 20 years, delivering hundreds of babies outside the hospital. Palmer says that giving birth should not be considered an illness but a completely natural process. Hospitals and drugs tend to get in the way of the process, increasing the risk of c-sections and distancing women from what can be a very satisfying experience.

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