News & Public Affairs

Monday September 22, 2014

CALIFORNIA IS COMING TO TAMPA TO RECRUIT TEACHERS

A spokesperson for the state of California's teacher recruitment program, Marnie Bielefeldt, discussed her group's open house this weekend in Tampa at the Tampa Hyatt Regency. California is facing a teacher shortage and is coming here to recruit experienced teachers. She says the pay and working conditions are better for teachers in California than they are in Florida.

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INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: IS IT ENDANGERED?

Four prize-winning investigative journalists - Kristina Borjesson (ex-CBS, CNN, PBS), Bob Port (N.Y. Daily News, ex-AP, St. Petersburg Times), Jane Akre (ex-WTVT), and Gary Webb (ex-San Jose Mercury News) - discussed their contributions to a new book called INTO THE BUZZSAW (Prometheus). Each journalist told of problems they had getting investigative news stories published or broadcast. They said that as media consolidates and more outlets are purchased by large corporations and as journalist...

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ARE MERCURY FILLINGS DANGEROUS?

Dr. Jame Hardy, a dentist from Orlando, has written a new book called MERCURY FREE. In it he says that mercury amalgam fillings are dangerous and could lead to health problems. He says bits of mercury and mercury vapors have been found to leach out from fillings and are associated with health problems such as MS, kidney problems, headaches, Graves disease, joint pain, depression and short term memory loss. He advocates getting checked for mercury poisoning and having the fillings removed if t...

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CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AGAINST WAR

Interview with Rev. Bruce Wright, a non-demoninational Christian minister with The Refuge in St. Petersburg. Wright is trying to start a local "Confessing Church" modeled on the Christian churches which stood up to the rise of fascism in Germany during World War II.

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NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND THE POSSIBLE WAR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN

Our guest Allistair Millar is the vice president of the Fourth Freedom Forum and an expert on nuclear weapons treaties. He discussed how both India and Pakistan obtained nuclear weapons, the numbers of warheads held by the major powers and the recent Putin-Bush nuclear weapons agreement. Millar also focused on the opportunities missed by the U.S. and Russia to stop the spread of both strategic and tactical nukes. Finally he outlined a strategy to reduce the threat of a nuclear war.

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WHAT DID THE STATE LEGISLATURE DO IN ITS RECENTLY COMPLETED SESSION? St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler stopped by the studio to discuss recent changes in taxes, environmental legislation, child welfare, telephone costs, redistricting and citizen rights passed during the state legislative session.

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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT TREATY

Was the U.S. government correct in rejecting the International Criminal Court treaty? Marjorie Cohn, an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, said today: "Ironically, the same day Colin Powell paid tribute to the memory of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust, the U.S. government claimed it is renouncing the International Criminal Court treaty. The stated reason is to prevent other countries from unjustly trying U.S. officials for war crimes. But the ICC, which has...

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THE COMFORT WOMEN

A New exhibit at the Tampa Convention Center will focus on the sexual abuse of 200,000 Asian women by the Japanese Imperial Army during the 1930s and '40s. Our guests today: Ok Sun Lee who was kidnapped and held as a "comfort woman" from 1942-1945; Dongwoo Lee Hahm, a Korean woman who has just taken part in an international conference in North Korea on sexual exploitation during WWII; Saeko Otake is a student at Cornell University who is organizing an international conference on "comfort wom...

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EXPLOITATION OF MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WORKERS

Elsie Allen and Fernando Cuevas of the Central/North Florida Carpenters' Regional Council say that immigrant workers are routinely exploited by employers - from withholding information about worker's compensation, training, and safety to being threatened with deportation. These workers are demanding better treatment.

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