News & Public Affairs

Monday October 20, 2014

ARJUN MAKHIJANI - INST. FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

Interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on the recent report that every American born since 1951 has been exposed to fallout from above ground nuclear weapons tests. According to the federal study an additional 15,000 U.S. residents have died from cancer as a result of their exposure to fallout.

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FALLOUT EXPOSURE

Interview with Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research on the recent report that every American born since 1951 has been exposed to fallout from above ground nuclear weapons tests. According to the federal study an additional 15,000 U.S. residents have died from cancer as a result of their exposure to fallout.

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DIRECT INSTRUCTION CUTBACKS IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS

Direct Instruction cutbacks in Hillsborough Schools? DI is a phonics based reading and writing teaching system which has been shown to improve language skills in low income kids. members of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (Deacon Hilrie Kemp, Jr.; Millie Brown, and Mel Underbakke) discussed the proposal by the school district to divert $622,000 away from DI to other reading programs in the district.

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TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR / IMMOKALEE FARMWORKERS

Interview with Gerardo Reyes Chavez and Julia Perkins of the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers. They discussed wages, working conditions and the Taco Bell Truth Tour which begins tonight in Tampa. Gerardo says that wages have not increased for tomato harvesters in 20 years. The group is putting pressure on Taco Bell to ask its tomato suppliers to pay its workers 1 cent more per pound for tomatoes. (Taco Bell is one of the largest purchasers of tomatoes in the country.) Also on this show, La...

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VACCINATION

Interview with former veterinarian John Fudens who belives that all vaccines are harmful. Fudens is now a local homeopathic practitioner who treats both animals and humans in his practice.

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MATTY COHEN - DEPUTY CONSUL GENERAL OF ISRAEL

Interview with Matty Cohen, deputy Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico. Cohen discussed the "state of war" that he says now exists between Israel and the Palestinians; he said Israel is not practicing "state terrorism"; that the peace movement is very small within the Israeli military; that Prime Minister is not a war criminal for his involvement in a massacre in southern Lebanon; and that he wants Israel to be out of the occupied territories soon - provided there is a peace a...

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EDWARD PECK ON IRAQ

Interview with Edward Peck, a career diplomat and former head of the United States mission to Iraq (1977-1980). He discussed what threat Iraq poses to the West (he said it was small). He also discussed the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, anger by Muslims toward U.S. foreign policy, the controversy created by the U.S. tilt toward Israel, and why the stationing of American troops in Saudi Arabia is counterproductive to longterm efforts to promote peace.

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TACO BELL TRUTH TOUR - IMMOKALEE FARMWORKERS

Interview with Julia Perkins of the Coalition Of Immokalee Farmworkers on next week's Taco Bell Truth Tour kickoff in Tampa. Perkins described the low wages, lack of benefits, and harsh working conditions faced by farmworkers who harvest tomatoes. The group is asking Taco bell to pressure its suppliers to provide better wages.

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SAVE OUR WILD SALMON - BRADY BENNON

Brady Bennon, Save Our Wild Salmon outreach associate. He's based in Seattle. Bennon is part of a coalition of 50 environmental and sportsfishing groups which claim that four dams on the Snake River in the Pacific Northwest are threatening wild salmon with extinction. He's raising awareness in a cross country speaking tour and will give a free talk in Tampa tomorrow night at the downtown Tampa public library.

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DR. RICHARD KARL - SURGERY

ACROSS THE RED LINE: STORIES FROM THE SURGICAL LIFE. Dr. Richard Karl is chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine at USF in Tampa. This new book explores what it's like to be a surgeon, what makes a good surgeon, the reality of the operating room and how this surgeon felt when he became a patient in his own hospital. (publisher: Temple University Press)

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