News & Public Affairs

Friday April 25, 2014


Melanie Hall, Family Health Care Foundation and Kristen Nash, Enroll America

Enrollment experts discuss signing up for the Affordable Care Act

Florida is one of the few states on track to meet White House projections for enrollment in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, Health and Human Services officials released data showing that more than 442,000 Floridians have signed up for plans since October. That's not far from the Obama administration's target goal of 477,000 for the end of March- which is the deadline for signing up for the ACA.

But many people still have not signed up and have questions about signing...

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) describes sea level rise next to map of projected effects on Florida.

photo by C-SPAN2 screen photograph

Bill Nelson warns Senate about effects of climate change and sea level rise on Florida

Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

More than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Republican naysayers largely stayed away, suggesting hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.

The last speaker was Bill Nelson (D-FL), who said he was "batting cleanup" because of how devastating sea level ...

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Albert Harris, unemployment claimant.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment website take aim at Governor Rick Scott

Critics of Florida’s botched unemployment claims website are taking aim at Governor Rick Scott and his connection to the private company contracted to operate the CONNECT site.

The website launched in October, but it is still not functioning correctly. Thousands of unemployment applicants have been locked out of the system.

We discussed this issue with three people: Army Reservist Albert Harris (who was unable to collect unemployment insurance compensation because of a glitch in the w...

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photo by Samuel Johnson 3-11-14

Workers' rights rally at Tampa Whole Foods store

A day long rally was held last Saturday, International Women’s Day, outside a Whole Foods store in Tampa. A smattering of activists, protesters and concerned customers voiced their support for a Chicago woman who was fired from Whole Foods when she took time off to care of her special needs son during the second Polar Vortex snowstorm.

When Rhiannon Broschat was fired...

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Radioactivity takes listener calls

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to take listener calls on local, national and international news.

The following BBC story was also aired on the show:

BCC Newsnight:

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Edwin Lyman

Lessons from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Japan.

On March 11th a giant earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan.

More than 20,000 people were killed or injured.

There were six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai’ichi facility. Three of the plants six reactors suffered core meltdowns. Radiation was released into the air.

More than 300,000 people from the region had to leave the area- because living near the damaged plant...

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Congressional candidate Alex Sink (D-FL) thanks canvassing volunteers for knocking on doors on the last day of campaigning.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Pinellas Congressional candidate Alex Sink gets in last-minute campaign push

Candidates are winding up their campaigns for Pinellas County’s Congressional seat. Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, started the final day before the election at a home in Dunedin where she ushered off more than two dozen volunteers to knock on doors.

“Well, dozens of workers here, but we literally have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers throughout the district who have been making phone calls. We made 20,000 door knocks over the weekend. That’s a pretty impressive number and we’ve ma...

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500 year history of Florida

Radioactivity interviews the author of a new book about the 500 year history of Florida.

Most history books tell us that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida for the Europeans in April 1513—more than 500 years ago. At least 900,000 native people were already living in Florida—and after a few years of interaction with the Spanish- most of the population died.

The controversial new book about the last 500 years of Florida history is written by author T.D. Allman. It’s ...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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