News & Public Affairs

Thursday December 18, 2014


During this show WMNF provided time on a first-come, first-serve basis to any candidate who is appearing on next Tuesday's ballot. More than 20 candidates took us up on our offer. The announcement for free air time was made on WMNF beginning on 10/28/2002. Among the candidates who recorded two minute messages: candidates for governor, agriculture commissioner, state senate, state house, circuit court, county commission, school board and charter review. Among the counties in which the candidat...

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The Tampa premiere of the new film BLOODY SUNDAY. In this segment we hear from Don Mullan, author of EYEWITNESS BLOODY SUNDAY. He was in the crowd on Sunday, January 30th, 1972 - when British troops fired on an unarmed crowd of Catholic human rights demonstrators. Twenty-seven people were shot, 13 died. The new film is shot in documentary style and raises still unanswered questions about the shootings and subsequent investigations by the British government. The shootings increased the militan...

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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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