News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 30, 2014

GREG PALAST - SAUDIS, BIN LADEN, CARLYSLE GROUP & PRES. BUSH

Interview with BBC Investigative reporter Greg Palast on his new book: THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY (Pluto). Palast discussed the connection between the Saudis, the Bin Laden Family, the Carlysle Group and George H. W. Bush. He also discussed how an inaccurate list of 57,000 supposed convicted felons was wrongly used to purge Florida's voting lists prior to the 2000 presidential election. Palast says many legally registered voters were wrongly purged from the voting rolls, having the effe...

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DEMOCRACY RISING

Interview with Jason Khifoury, organizer of the upcoming Democracy Rising rally in Tampa featuring a speech by Ralph Nader and music from Patti Smith.

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PNINA FIRESTONE - HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISRAEL

Interview with Pnina Firestone, an Israeli Peace activist. Firestone lives in Jerusalem and has long been associated with New Profile and Women In Black - groups opposed to human rights abuses against Palestinians and for peaceful dialogue with their neighbors.

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TIRED OF BEING TIRED

Dr. Jesse Lynn Hanley MD, author of TIRED OF BEING TIRED (Putnam), a new book about adrenal burnout. In this interview she talked about foods that put stress on our adrenal glands, how exercise, smoking and other lifestyle issues can contribute to fatigue. She offered diet, exercise, recipe and lifestyle advice to fight burnout.

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PHOTOGRAPHER CLYDE BUTCHER / NATURE CONSERVANCY

Interview with renowned Florida outdoor photographer Clyde Butcher and Bob Bendick, vice president of the Florida chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The disappearance of wildlife habitat, wetlands, old growth forests and grasslands were the topics discussed. They discussed the way nature photography contributes to the conservation effort, moves by developers to weaken land preservation laws and the role the Nature Conservancy plays in protecting Florida's environment.

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FIRING OF USF'S DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN

The Impending Firing of USF Professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Tom Gonzalez, an attorney who represents management in labor disputes discussed his recommendations to USF President Judi Genshaft that there were grounds on which to fire Al-Arian, a professor of computer science. Al-Arian is embroiled in a controversy because his appearance on the FOX TV show THE O'REILLY FACTOR caused death threats to be phoned into the University of South Florida in September of 2001.

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ARJUN MAKHIJANI - INST. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on the recent report that every American born since 1951 has been exposed to fallout from above ground nuclear weapons tests. According to the federal study an additional 15,000 U.S. residents have died from cancer as a result of their exposure to fallout.

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FALLOUT EXPOSURE

Interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on the recent report that every American born since 1951 has been exposed to fallout from above ground nuclear weapons tests. According to the federal study an additional 15,000 U.S. residents have died from cancer as a result of their exposure to fallout.

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DIRECT INSTRUCTION CUTBACKS IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS

Direct Instruction cutbacks in Hillsborough Schools? DI is a phonics based reading and writing teaching system which has been shown to improve language skills in low income kids. members of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (Deacon Hilrie Kemp, Jr.; Millie Brown, and Mel Underbakke) discussed the proposal by the school district to divert $622,000 away from DI to other reading programs in the district.

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TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR / IMMOKALEE FARMWORKERS

Interview with Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Julia Perkins of the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers. They discussed wages, working conditions and the Taco Bell Truth Tour which begins tonight in Tampa. Gerardo says that wages have not increased for tomato harvesters in 20 years. The group is putting pressure on Taco Bell to ask its tomato suppliers to pay its workers 1 cent more per pound for tomatoes. (Taco Bell is one of the largest purchasers of tomatoes in the country.) Also on this show, La...

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