News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 1, 2014

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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THE UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION AT MALFUNCTION JUNCTION

John McShaffrey, public information officer for the local district of the Florida DOT, talked about the construction to improve the I-4 and I-275 interchange. The improvements will begin at the end of the month, take four years and cost 80 million dollars. The intent is to improve traffic flow through one of the worst bottlenecks in the Bay area.

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BAY AREA COMMUTER CHOICES WEEK

BAY AREA COMMUTER CHOICES WEEK is October 7-10th. In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, Bay Area Commuter Services sponsors "commuter choices week." It's a way to publicize alternatives to single passenger automobile commuting. Those alternatives include car-pooling, van-pooling, bicycling, buses and walking. Dandi Moodi, the executive director of BACS stopped by to discuss the event.

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THE TEACHINGS OF DON CARLOS

Our guest was Victor Sanchez, author of THE TEACHINGS OF DON CARLOS: Practical Applications of the Works of Carlos Casteneda (Bear and Company).

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ELECTION REFORM

BRINGING CLEAN ELECTIONS REFORMS TO FLORIDA? This weekend E.J. Ford, a PhD. candidate at USF, will present a workshop on the Clean Election reforms (publicly financed campaigns, limits on donations by corporations, the rich and special interest groups) which have been passed in Maine, Massachussetts, Arizona, and Vermont. The workshop will be given as part of the Earth Summit activities. On this segment Ford discussed how the reforms work and why they are necessary for improving participation...

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

Interview with Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United For Separation of Church and State. Lynn will be making several appearances in the Tampa Bay area next week. During the segment he discussed school vouchers, the intent of the framers of the Constitution to put up a wall between the state and religion, the growing number of religious stations in the educational part of the band, and the importance of public schools.

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AMERICAN ELECTIONS

Steven Hill, author of FIXING ELECTIONS: THE FAILURE OF AMERICA'S WINNER TAKE ALL POLITICS (Routledge). Why are fewer Americans voting? Why do politicians conduct their campaigns without giving us much information about where they stand on the issues? Why do incumbents have so much power? Why is the country so divided politically? Who benefits when voter turnout is suppressed? Why does the U.S. continue to use the winner take all system, when other countries have modernized the process to inc...

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