News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 29, 2014

DR. MANNING MARABLE

Marable is a professor of political science at Columbia University and the author of THE GREAT WELLS OF DEMOCRACY. In this new book he talks about the future of the civil rights movement. He says the new era will be led by more women, low-income and grassroots-based groups. The professor says that structural racism is still a problem for people of color in the U.S. and the movement to fight this will be prominent in the next 25 years.

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DOCUMENTED WORKERS FACING DEPORTATION

Our guest, Roger Calero, is a documented immigrant from Nicaraugua. He works as a reporter for the newspaper Perspectiva Mundial in New York City. On returning via Houston from a recent trip to Cuba and Mexico he was apprehended by the IRS. He is now facing deportation because of a marijuana conviction during the 1980s, while he was a high school student in California. Calero says this conviction was fully disclosed to the INS when he applied for workpapers. His treatment, he says, is the res...

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FLORIDA MEGATRENDS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN FLORIDA

This is the title of a new book co-authored by University of Florida Provost David Colburn and Lance deHaaven-Smith. Our guest, David Colburn, discussed the massive demographic changes that have ocurred in Florida in the past 100 years and how demographic trends will change Florida's ethnic, age, and political make up in the next 25 years.

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GREENWAVES: THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY EFFICIENT AUTOMOBILES

Hosts Randall Luttenberg and Joe Murphy interviewed Darden Rice of the Sierra Club's Clean Car Campaign. The group is encouraging people and the auto industry to move forward with alternatives to high-fuel consuming autos and SUVs. The campaign will hold a free training workshop Saturday January 25th at 10AM on the USF St. Pete campus.

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EYEWITNESS TO THE SITUATION IN IRAQ

Norman Solomon, a syndicated columnist and media critic has just returned from a fact finding trip to Iraq.He was accompanied by actor Sean Penn. Solomon discussed the living conditions in Iraq, medai coverage of the military build-up and criticism that Hollywood actors should not inject themselves into public policy issues.

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PEACE GATHERING AT MACDILL AFB.

Peace activists, religious groups and others are planning a peace vigil this Saturday afternoon at the main gate of Macdill Air Force Base in south Tampa. Our guests today were three of the organizers of the event: Elaine Cloud Goller, Mark Kamleiter and Diane Cardin-Kamleiter. They say this event will highlight the reasons why war against Iraq is a bad idea and against the interests of creating a more peaceful world.

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HEALING FIBROIDS

About one quarter of American women eventually are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Today's guest on our alternative health program (with Dr. Carol Roberts) was Dr. Allan Warshowsky, MD, who says that before undergoing surgery, women should explore changes in diet, lifestyle and seek hormonal balance. His book HEALING FIBROIDS: A DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO A NATURAL CURE (Simon and Schuster) covers ways that surgery might be avoided.

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THE EFFORT TO REVIVE THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Women's rights activists say they believe that the ERA campaign, ratified by 35 states in the 1970s and 1980s- but short of the 38 states needed to be added to the U.S. Constitution, should be re-started. They say that the 27th amendment to the Constitution was added 11 years ago, after being long dormant. Our guests, former Colorado Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and former Pinellas N.O.W. chairwoman Sandy Oestreich, are leaders in this new campaign. They say women still do not have full equali...

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THE PALESTINIAN TRUTH TOUR

Ora Wise was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of a rabbi. Jordan Flaherty is a union organizer living in New York City, who recently spent time in Palestinain refugee camps. Both are taking part in a nationwide tour to discuss the living and human rights conditions for Palestinians in the occupied territories. They say that for Palestinians, life is under constant control by the Israeli military: curfews, being forced to stay in their houses at gunpoint, massive travel restrictions, guilt by ...

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PRESIDENT BUSH PROPOSES TAX BREAKS ON STOCKHOLDER'S DIVIDENDS

Yesterday the president unveiled a proposal to restart the nation's ailing economy. The proposal includes cutting dividend taxes and accelerating income tax cuts. Our guest today was Randy Albelda, professor of economics and chair of the Public Policy PHd program at the University of Massachussetts at Boston. (Albelda is also co-author of LOST GROUND published by South End Press.) She says that targetting upper income taxpayers will help a group that has already benefitted from the economic b...

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