News & Public Affairs

Thursday October 23, 2014

BILLY BRAGG

Billy Bragg was one of the first British musicians to combine a punk sensibility with political protest. In this interview Bragg discussed his early musical career, his family, his support of worker movements, his musical influences, and his work with the band WILCO to put some of the lyrics of Woody Guthrie to music. The resulting CDs MERMAID AVENUE VOLUME I and II were best sellers.

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LARRY DOSSEY, MD

Larry Dossey, MD is the author of several books which establish a connection between positive feelings, prayer, imagery, spirituality and healing. The books include REINVENTING MEDICINE, MEANING AND MEDICINE and HEALING WORDS. He is also editor of the peer-reviewed medical journal ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES.

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OUR MOLECULAR FUTURE

OUR MOLECULAR FUTURE (Prometheus Books 2002), a new book by Douglas Mulhall, discusses nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and self-assembling molecules. Among the uses: - A potential cause of - and cure for - heart disease - Desktop printing has graduated to three-dimensional "desktop manufacturing," where products are printed in a box...foretelling the end of the assembly line. - Nanotechnology has been used to produce a super-strong "aerogel" that may protect our homes and workpl...

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CHURCH AND STATE

Tom Flynn, editor of FREE INQUIRY, has tracked church-state issues for 17 years. He says the boundary separating state incursion into church activity and vice versa has been shrinking. The danger, he says, is either having an official state religion or having the state exert greater control over churches, temples and mosques.

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VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE

A newly formed group of Gulf War veterans is questioning the need to go to war with Iraq. They have launched a campaign to highlight the problems a new war will create and methods by which such a war could be avoided. The group also points out that tens of thousands of men and women who served in the first Gulf War have come down with mysterious illnesses - many have died or become incapacitated. Our guest is founder of Veterans for Common Sense, Charles Sheehan Miles, a decorated Gulf War co...

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SURVEY OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN PINELLAS COUNTY

Leon Russell, director of the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, discussed his department's recent study showing that the majority of black and Hispanic people renting apartments in Pinellas County experience some form of differential treatment. Using people of different ethnicity, the Human Rights office sent sets of people to test rental policies throughout the county. Black testers reported receiving different forms and different information and said they were shown different apartmen...

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DEMOCRACY NOW ON CABLE TV

MJ Williamson is Director of Community Outreach for SPEAK UP TAMPA BAY, the cable access channels in Tampa and Hillsborough County. She discussed the premiere of the television version of DEMOCRACY NOW tonight at midnight on the local access station. She also discussed recent efforts by the Hillsborough County Commission to defund the county's side of cable access. Williamson told listeners how they could get involved in public access.

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PROTESTS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Protests were held recently in Washington D.C. in support of fair trade and against the International Monetary Fund. Several students from Eckerd College attended the protest and shot video of the demonstration. Our guest, Molly Rockerman, is an Eckerd student and a volunteer at the Tampa Bay Action Group. She'll show the video at the TBAG office in St. Petersburg this coming Thursday night.

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THE BUSH DYSLEXICON

New York University media studies professor Mark Crispin Miller began compiling a book about the humorous speech patterns of George W. Bush in the latter part of 2000. Intending to write a funny book, Miller's view of Bush changed the deeper he got into the subject. Was Bush using his bumbling speech pattern as a shield to maintain an image that was useful in transmitting an image to the public and the press? In fact , Miller found out, that Bush was quite capable of being eloquent depending ...

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THE BOOK OF THE EVERGLADES

Interview with Suasan Cerulean, editor of THE BOOK OF THE EVERGLADES. This work discusses the history of the "river of grass" from the time of the earliest inhabitants of Florida, to the arrival of the European settlers, to the damming and diking of the region, to the latest efforts to restore the flow of the river. Cerulean engaged novelists, journalists and scientists to contribute to the book.

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