News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 1, 2014


Bleached brain corals.

photo by Cindy Lewis / Keys Marine Lab

Warm waters causing widespread bleaching in Florida corals

This summer could end up being one of the worst on record for Florida’s corals; a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota says water temperature in the Florida Keys has been so high that conditions over the next month could tip the balance of whether corals experience just a bad bleaching season or a devastating one.

WMNF interviewed Mote’s Erinn Muller this morning.

"Normally when you’re diving in a coral reef like in the Florida K...

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Raed Jarrar

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Iraqi-born Arab-American Middle East analyst addresses US military involvement in fighting ISIS

Tonight the President is expected to announce greater US military involvement in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei gets the perspective of a Middle East analyst, Raed Jarrar. Jarrar is an Iraqi-born Arab-American architect, blogger and political advocate. He is also the Policy Impact Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.

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Jane Goodall at University of South Florida's Botanical Gardens

photo by Samuel Johnson

Jane Goodall surprises elementary students with a talk at USF’s Botanical Gardens

A scientist famous for studying primates is speaking Tuesday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But Tuesday morning elementary students were treated to a surprise talk from Jane Goodall at USF’s Botanical Gardens. Goodall emphasized the importance of naturalists and scientists and protecting the Everglades, but first she started off with an ape greeting.

More than 100 children and USF students gathered under the shade of a sprawling oak tree to hear [Jane Goodall](http://w...

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Does expanded mass transit including light rail make sense in Pinellas County?

Does expanded mass transit- including light rail make sense in Pinellas County?

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow National Public Policy Analyst from Cato Institute, a libertarian public policy research organization based in Washington DC and Kyle Parks who is the Communications Director for the Yes on Greenlight campaign, the campaign supporting the Greenlight Pinellas transit ref...

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Pulitzer prize winning reporter discusses the controversy over immigration from Latin America

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Sonia Nazario author of ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter about the controversy over immigration from Latin America. Who are the immigrants? What are their stories? Should Americans be afraid of these newcomers?

In Pasco County a debate is raging over 16 children- undocumented minors- immigrants from Central America. They are being provided food and shelter by the Gulf Coast Jewish and Fa...

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Dr Michael Schachter

Dr Michael Schachter on Alternative Health

Today on the Alternative Health Show, Dr. Michael Shachter fills in for Eve Prang Plews. Dr. Shachter runs a complimentary medicine clinic in Sufern, New York.

Dr Michael Schachter also serves with Eve and Dr. David Perlmutter on the Science Medical Board of Advisors.

Dr. Schachter is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has obtained proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the Americ...

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL, right).

photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Dec 2013).

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces resolution to permit U.S. strikes inside Syria

Late Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed a joint resolution with the Senate to allow the president to make airstrikes on Islamic State militants inside Syria.

“I describe ISIS as a snake. If the head of the snake is in Syria -- which it is -- a lot of their organization, a lot of their leadership is there, then we ought to go after the snake where the head is and decapitate the snake. In doing that we’re going to have to go into Syria. Now, I believe that t...

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Andrea Assaf, Art2Action.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11

"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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True Talk shares live music from Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series in Tampa

True Talk welcomed vocalist and Daf player Aida Shahghasemi to the show. Aida will be featured in an Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series called The Bridge. The program will take place at USF School of Music on September 8 and 10 at 8:00 PM. The event will feature spoken word and middle eastern music and has been written and directed by Andrea Assaf who also joined True Talk to share details on the series.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Two Florida corals have federal blueprint for recovery

Two important reef-building corals will soon get a recovery plan from the federal government; Thursday the National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft blueprint for saving the elkhorn and staghorn corals, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To find out what this means for reefs in Florida, WMNF spoke with Jaclyn Lopez, the Florida-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“Yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued its dra...

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