News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 2, 2014

A SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND

Florida's Place in American Culture. This weekend at USF St. Petersburg a series of free public lectures and dicussions will take place focusing on Florida's culture: literature, music, food, art and politics. Three of the organizers sat down in the WMNF studios to discuss the event: Mark Greenberg, professor at USF Tampa's Florida Studies Center; Rob Blount, CEO and President of the Tampa Bay History Center, and Darryl Paulson, professor of Government at USF St. Petersburg.

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PAUL KRUGMAN

New York Times Op-Ed columnist and economist Paul Krugman talks about his book, "The Great Unraveling." In it Krugman says Bush lied during his 2000 presidential campaign, lied once he took office and turned a record budget surplus into the biggest deficit to benefit the rich. He says Bush abused the public's patriotism after the September 11th attacks.

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THE DIRTIEST BODY OF COASTAL WATER

Last year the EPA named the Gulf of Mexico as the dirtiest body of coastal water in the U.S. Lead writer Cathy Zollo talks about the Naples Daily News's comprehensive 15 part series on the state of the Gulf and their findings.

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DAVID CORN

Author David Corn discussed his new book "The Lies of George Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception." Corn talks about how the Bush administration has knowingly and intentionally misled the American public.

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INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT

An interview with International Solidarity Movement organizer Adam Shapiro and USF graduate Lauren Anzaldo about her experiences as a volunteer working in the West Bank this summer. The ISM is a grassroots movement that promotes and organizes nonviolent direct action in Palestine.

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ALABAMA SUPREME COURT JUDGE SPEAKS ON CHURCH AND STATE - Kim Farley

Last night, Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court, spoke at the Without Walls International Church in Tampa about the separation of church and state. He is best known for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments located in the Alabama Supreme Court building rotunda. Before the speech, he answered reporter’s questions. WMNF’s Kim Farley reports…….

Earlier this year a federal judge instructed Justice Moore to remove a monument of the ...

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ACLU ON USA PATRIOT ACT - Amy Snider

The American Civil Liberties Union has embarked on a campaign to educate the public about the USA Patriot Act and other new policies, which the ACLU says, nullify many provisions in the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. ACLU representatives were in Tampa today to discuss how the Patriot Act affects immigrants, Americans, and Floridians. WMNF’s Amy Snider files this report:

“At the Aclu…..�

That was Dalia Hashad, an attorney for the ACLU’s racial prof...

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WMNF'S NEW, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUILDING

The architect, Larry Maxwell discussed several of the design features of WMNF's planned new 10,000 square foot building: natural lighting, a smaller air conditioning unit, reflective surfaces on the roof and walls, thermal mass construction designed to keep the inside cooler, and green building materials.

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POLITICAL INSIDERS POISED TO MAKE A HUGE PROFIT FROM IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION

In a front-page story, Tuesday's New York Times reports on New Bridge Strategies, a new D.C. lobbying firm that is paving the way for U.S. firms interested in doing business in Iraq. In "K Street on the Tigris," just published on MotherJones.com, Mother Jones Washington Correspondent Michael Schere adds considerable detail to the story.

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THE EFFECT OF FREE TRADE ON PEOPLE IN THE U.S., CHILE AND MEXICO

Free trade agreements have much support in the centers of power. But how are people at the grassroots affected by globalization? On this segment four people with direct experience with the economic impact on free trade discussed the economic dislocation caused by NAFTA and the free trade agreement with Chile. Guests: Pablo Huaiquilao, an indigenous Mapuche activist from southern Chile; Ado Gonzalez, a Zapotec indigenous community leader from Oaxaca, Mexico; Leo Gorman, Witness for Peace, and ...

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