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Wednesday September 3, 2014


From a Woman's POV discusses the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and the evolution of war in America

Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

It's that time of year again – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights…” Oh, women…not so fast – you are not created equal as the Supreme Court reminded us again this week.

The last I looked it’s hard to have a life without a body and your body is subject to the religious beliefs of others - woe to you if it’s your boss. We will review Burwell v Hobby Lobby and ...

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Radioactivity listeners weigh in on the Declaration of Independence and patriotism

The Fourth of July, is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs a reading of the Declaration by a group of actors and then opens the phone lines to get listener thoughts on the Declaration and patriotsim. The show also shares Howard Zinn's thoughts on the Declaration.

Reading of th...

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Sami Al-Arian.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Dec. 2009).

Charges dropped against Al-Arian; interview with his former lawyer

Last Friday a federal judge in Virginia dropped all charges against former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian; could it signal the end of a marathon legal battle that began in Tampa more than a decade ago?

To find out, WMNF spoke Wednesday with Al-Arian’s former attorney, Linda Moreno, who is based in Tampa.

Linda Moreno is also affiliated with Doughty Street Chambers in London, a firm specializing in human rights and international law.

"Well, I’m very happy that a...

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Happy Birthday America

A discussion of the America Dream in modern times, Civil Rights Act of 1964, unaccompanied children and immigration policy with Joe Redner.

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John Schmelzer from the EEOC talks about the history of the Civil Rights Act.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Tampa celebrates Civil Rights Act anniversary

It’s been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Officials from Hillsborough County and Tampa along with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a trip down memory lane during an anniversary celebration today. Delano Stewart was the first black public defender in Hillsborough County.

“It was monumental legislation, but we cannot go to sleep. If we go to sleep there is a Tea Party. I listen to the Republican Party saying they want to d...

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Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal

The Hobby Lobby Decision Would Never Have Happened with Single Payer Health Care: Guest Says Employer-Based Health Insurance Is a Bad System

Today on Radioactivity we take another look at the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision from the perspective of a medical doctor who says our system of relying on employers for health care is a failure.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not require closely held corporations to pay for insurance coverage for certain kinds of contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Five justices- all men- ruled that it violated a federal law protecting religious...

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Outspoken oncologist's new memoir takes on pharmaceutical companies and members of the medical community

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Lodovico Balducci, a physician, an oncology professor at the USF Medical School and a senior member of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. His new memoir takes on the pharmaceutical companies, members of his own profession and comes to believe in one truth. The memoir, called Megalies discusses the lessons he’s learned from dealing with patients, the medical industry, members of the profession and his own depression.

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Avni Osmakac, brother of Sami Osmakac, says his brother was set up by the FBI

photo by Janelle Irwin

Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up

The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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WMNF file photo, 2008

photo by Sean Kinane

Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status

Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

US Supreme Court Expands Corporate Personhood Rights in 5-4 Decision

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Stetson Law School assistant professor, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy about the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy teaches courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the...

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