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Saturday October 25, 2014

THE TRANSFER OF THE EPA OMBUDSMAN

Stauffer Chemical Superfund activist Heather Malinowski was shocked when the EPA's ombudsman Robert Martin was forced from office earlier this year. Martin had been a champion of the concerns of Tarpon Springs residents who feared the EPA was going to push a weak clean-up plan at the former chemical plant. She says that Martin should be rehired and that the position of ombudsman be insulated from political pressure.

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DIRTY POLITICS IN ATLANTA?

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is up for re-election this year. She was first elected to represent her southeast Atlanta district in 1992. Since then she's become a champion of labor, civil rights, environmental and human rights causes. But her supporters say Republicans have targeted her for defeat in the upcoming Democratic primary. These supporters say the GOP has convinced a conservative to run as a Democrat in the upcoming primary, with the challenger raising record amounts of money fro...

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GUIDED IMAGERY

Today's guest, Belleruth Naparstek, is the author of several books including STAYING WELL WITH GUIDED IMAGERY and YOUR SIXTH SENSE. She says that guided imagery, while not a cure, can help in shortening healing time, recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder, weight loss, depression and a host of other symptoms. She says that numerous scientific studies back the efficacy of guided imagery and that the technique is used by MD's and hospitals throughout the nation.

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RELIGIOUS PEACE ACTIVISM IN ISRAEL

For several years members of various faiths have been meeting in Israel to find a common path to peace through spirituality. Two of those people were our guests during this hour. Eliyahu McLean is a practicing, observant Jew living in west Jerusalem and Director of the peacemaker Community-Israel. Ibrahim Abu-ElHawa, a Muslim, was born on the Mount of Olives and has been active for 30 years in Arab-Jewish reconciliation. The pair discussed the many activities they are involved in, from promot...

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"NO ONE LEFT BEHIND - THE LT. COMM. SCOTT SPEICHER STORY"

One bit of unfinished business from the last time the U.S. fought a war with Iraq is the status of the first American casualty of that war, Lt. Commander Speicher. He was originally declared dead after his plane was shot down during the first few hours of the conflict. Now comes forward Amy Waters Yarsinske, a former U.S. Naval intelligence officer who has written NO ONE LEFT BEHIND (Dutton Publishing). In the book she says there is strong evidence that Speicher's plane was downed by friendly...

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TAMPA MAYOR DICK GRECO'S HISTORIC TRIP TO CUBA

In late July Tampa mayor Dick Greco and 19 local business, religious and civic leaders made what many people believe is the first trip to Cuba by an elected Florida mayor in 40 years. Two of the people who accompanied Greco were here at WMNF to discuss the visit and the controversy it engendered. The guests: Patrick Manteiga of the Ybor City-based newspaper La Gaceta and Albert Fox of the Alliance For Responsible Cuba Policy. This discussion touched on everything from the purpose of the trip,...

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FINANCIAL SCANDALS

Interview with Stephen Pizzo, editor of a website which follows the latest scandals in the financial world. Pizzo is a veteran reporter who in the past has covered the savings and loan crisis. Now he's turned his attention to the collapse of Enron, Worldcom, Harken Energy and other large companies. He discussed the links between politicians and the fall of these once wealthy companies. He also discussed offshore tax havens, insider trading and the status of federal investigations.

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CHANGES IN THE HILLSBOROUGH ELECTION SYSTEM

Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Pam Iorio joined us during this hour to discuss the county's new voting machines, registering to vote, upcoming open houses at each election precinct and the controversies over the 2000 presidential election.

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THE CORPORATE SCANDALS OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY

What was the track record of the president and vice president's business dealings prior to their election? Dick Cheney headed Halliburton, an oil services firm, in the years prior to his election as vice president. Bush made money on investments on the Texas Rangers baseball team and Harken Energy. Their business dealings are raising many questions. Our first guest, Jim Vallette, is a consultant with the human rights/environmental group EarthWatch. He co-authored a report on Halliburton's use...

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WALL STREET

Doug Henwood, author of the book WALL STREET: HOW IT WORKS AND FOR WHOM, analyzed President Bush's business activities prior to being elected Governor of Texas, his questionable filings with the SEC, and his recent attempts to battle widespread distrust of Wall Street.

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