News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 2, 2014


Abe Bonowitz of the Palm Beach-based Floridians United Against the Death Penalty group was among the 300 people who protested yesterday's execution in Indiana. He discussed what he saw and the ongoing battle over state sponsored executions.

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Suzanne Giles, water quality program co-ordinator discussed efforts to monitor beaches for health and water quality. She says many people are made sick while swimming in the ocean, and there is no central registry to track the problem. She also discussed ways citizens can get involved in cleaning up the nation's beaches. FMI: americanoceans

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Tampa Police Department spokesperson Katie Hughes describes the reasons officers arrested three political dissidents at the president's speech at Legend's Field. We also had raw sound from the arrest and an interview with Mauricio Rosas, one of three people arrested.

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An update on racial tension in Perry, Florida

Reporter Sally Watt describes ethnic tension in the small, north Florida town. She talks with an African American waitress at Denny's who says there are few opportunities for African American workers in her town. She also brought the voices of white residents who feel that blacks ruin property values.

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A group of anti Bush activists legally entered Legends Field on Monday night, prior to President Bush's speech. Two of the three people arrested for trespassing (Janis Lentz and Mauricio Rosas) tell their story. The peaceful protestors say they were harassed by GOP members and were wrongfully arrested.

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Students for a Drug Free White House

The Bush administration is enforcing a rule requiring all college students receiving financial aid to reveal any past history of drug convictions. If they are not completely truthful they stand to lose all of their finical aid. Using the theory that "turnabout is fair play" an activist named John Klinko has started a web site to gather petitions to ask President Bush to be absolutely honest about his past drug use (if any).

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Sherri Tenpenny, DO: Are vaccines safe?

Tenpenny discussed the arguments against vaccinations including the link between autism and vaccines. She discussed alternatives to vaccinations, the impact of vaccines on the immune system, the additives in most vaccines, and the lack of long term studies.

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Professor George Fletcher

OUR SECRET CONSTITUTION. Columbia University law Professor George Fletcher says that there are two distinct trends in the U.S. constitution. Prior to the Civil War the document emphasized voluntary association, individual freedom and republican elitism. President Lincoln ushered in the beginning of a trend toward organic nationhood, equality for all persons, and popular democracy. Although it took many years for the country to begin to achieve the latter goals, they are the bedrock of the new...

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The Bush administration's energy policy

Dan Ritzman national outreach director of the Alaska Coalition (AlaskaCoalition) and Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange (powertothepeople) discussed the California energy crisis, conservation, alternatives to fossil fuels, proposals to increase oil drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico and what listeners can do.

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