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Friday November 21, 2014


COMBINING THE MUSLIM FAITH WITH FEMINISM: ARE THESE TWO VALUES COMPATIBLE? Dr. Riffat Hassan is a tenured professor of religious studies and humanities at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). She says that the Islamic religion is misunderstood and stereotyped by many in the west. Hassan says progressive, tolerant, peaceful values are part of the Muslim tradition, but those values are downplayed in the patriarchal way Islam is currently interpreted by many in the Muslim faith. Dr. Hassan f...

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Our guest is Jim Hightower, the newspaper columnist, author, populist and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. His appearance previews his speech at this weekend's benefit for WMNF. Hightower does not see the political divide as one between Democratic and Republican parties, but as one between the top and bottom of the income scale. He says too much power resides in the hands of the wealthy and CEOs. As an example, he says, look at the lenient treatment given CEOs recently caught in corp...

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Billy Bragg was one of the first British musicians to combine a punk sensibility with political protest. In this interview Bragg discussed his early musical career, his family, his support of worker movements, his musical influences, and his work with the band WILCO to put some of the lyrics of Woody Guthrie to music. The resulting CDs MERMAID AVENUE VOLUME I and II were best sellers.

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Larry Dossey, MD is the author of several books which establish a connection between positive feelings, prayer, imagery, spirituality and healing. The books include REINVENTING MEDICINE, MEANING AND MEDICINE and HEALING WORDS. He is also editor of the peer-reviewed medical journal ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES.

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OUR MOLECULAR FUTURE (Prometheus Books 2002), a new book by Douglas Mulhall, discusses nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and self-assembling molecules. Among the uses: - A potential cause of - and cure for - heart disease - Desktop printing has graduated to three-dimensional "desktop manufacturing," where products are printed in a box...foretelling the end of the assembly line. - Nanotechnology has been used to produce a super-strong "aerogel" that may protect our homes and workpl...

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Tom Flynn, editor of FREE INQUIRY, has tracked church-state issues for 17 years. He says the boundary separating state incursion into church activity and vice versa has been shrinking. The danger, he says, is either having an official state religion or having the state exert greater control over churches, temples and mosques.

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A newly formed group of Gulf War veterans is questioning the need to go to war with Iraq. They have launched a campaign to highlight the problems a new war will create and methods by which such a war could be avoided. The group also points out that tens of thousands of men and women who served in the first Gulf War have come down with mysterious illnesses - many have died or become incapacitated. Our guest is founder of Veterans for Common Sense, Charles Sheehan Miles, a decorated Gulf War co...

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Leon Russell, director of the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, discussed his department's recent study showing that the majority of black and Hispanic people renting apartments in Pinellas County experience some form of differential treatment. Using people of different ethnicity, the Human Rights office sent sets of people to test rental policies throughout the county. Black testers reported receiving different forms and different information and said they were shown different apartmen...

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MJ Williamson is Director of Community Outreach for SPEAK UP TAMPA BAY, the cable access channels in Tampa and Hillsborough County. She discussed the premiere of the television version of DEMOCRACY NOW tonight at midnight on the local access station. She also discussed recent efforts by the Hillsborough County Commission to defund the county's side of cable access. Williamson told listeners how they could get involved in public access.

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Protests were held recently in Washington D.C. in support of fair trade and against the International Monetary Fund. Several students from Eckerd College attended the protest and shot video of the demonstration. Our guest, Molly Rockerman, is an Eckerd student and a volunteer at the Tampa Bay Action Group. She'll show the video at the TBAG office in St. Petersburg this coming Thursday night.

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