News & Public Affairs

Wednesday April 23, 2014

"THE BACH FLOWER REMEDIES"

Playwright Aubrey Hampton has written a new play about the legendary British doctor who created the flower "rescue" remedies. The play will premier this weekend at the Gorilla Theatre in Tampa.

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THE TRIALS OF LENNY BRUCE

David Skover, co-author THE TRIALS OF LENNY BRUCE (Sourcebooks). This brand new book includes a CD with audio excerpts of Bruce's comedy as well as a detailed description of the trials at which Bruce and some notable attorneys fought for the comic's first amendment rights.

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK

Next week marks the annual celebration of books that have been banned or challenged. Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers for Free Expression joined Rob for this program to discuss why such books as diverse as THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, THE BIBLE, THE HARRY POTTER SERIES, and I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS have all been the target of would-be censors in recent years.

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ELECTIONS

Ken Rudin, NPR's national political editor, discussed the upcoming elections around the country for Congress and Governor. He also discussed NPR's approach to covering issues, from the Middle East to corporate scandals.

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RICK BRAGG

Rick Bragg, New York Times roving reporter and author of the new book AVA'S MAN. The best-selling book describes the life of Bragg's working-class, maternal grandfather, who raised a large family in the Depression-era South.

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GREG PALAST

Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author of THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY. His book covers the controversial outcome of the 2000 Presidential election. In this half hour Palast discussed the recent election snafu in the Florida Primary, the pace of election reform in Florida (or lack thereof), and the Bush administration's ties to repressive leaders in the Middle East.

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WATER QUALITY IN FLORIDA AT RISK?

Our two guests Linda Young of the Clean Water Action Network and Joe Murphy of Oceania discussed moves by the Jeb Bush administration to limit water protection near the Fenholloway and Itchetucknee Rivers as well as lifting protection for some of the 700 waterways in Florida currently on the endangered list.

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RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TENSION IN THE U.S.

Dr. Roy Kaplan of the St. Petersburg office of the National Conference for Communities and Justice spoke on the growing racial and religious tension in the U.S. Kaplan's group is planning a series of interfaith services locally to try to help bring some understanding among people of differing religious and ethnic backgrounds.

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GUBERNATORIAL DEBATES

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride on the debate last night between himself and the two other Democrats running for the nomination. McBride also discussed where he stands on the issues of education, taxes, growth, standardized tests and health care.

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SHOULD FIREARMS BE EXEMPT FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS?

As the lethalness of guns continues to increase, consumer activists point out that many guns and gun-related products are unsafe and beyond the reach of federal regulators. The guests during this hour were Sue Peschin, the Firearms Project Director of the Consumer Federation of America and Bill Newton, director of the Florida Consumer Action Network.

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