News & Public Affairs

Tuesday March 31, 2015


Cuban Flag in Tampa's Jose Marti Park.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).

Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations

Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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September Penn, Director of Sounds of the Civil Rights: The Power of Song

photo by Rob Lorei

Radioactivity speaks with September Penn of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song

Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedoms songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for those who sung them. Song of the Civil Rights Movement will be performing at the Palladium Theater on Jan. 11th and 12th. Admission is free and tickets can be obtained at the Palladium T...

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Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2012).

Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties

The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Former New York governor, Mario M. Cuomo

photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr

Radioactivity takes a look back at the life of Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York

Mario Cuomo, former three-term governor of New York from 1983 to 1984, died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn into his second-term as New York governor. Mario Cuomo was a commanding orator, and today on Radioactivity we listen to his famous keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines for listener comments.

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Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

Author TJ English explores American organized crime within Cuba in Havana Nocturne

On the first Radioactivity episode of 2015, Host Rob Lorei interviews crime writer T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne:How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution Havana Nocturne delves into American organized crime in Cuba and the role it played in the revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship 59 years ago to this day.English touches on Cuban syndicated crime's local ties with Tampa and to famous mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Dec. 2014).

Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year's Day

Demonstrators in St. Louis briefly occupied a Metro Police Station Wednesday. Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, according to several videos posted on the Twitter account of a notable Ferguson protester, @deray.

There may be a different tone at a gathering in Tampa Thursday afternoon.

A “Black Lives Matter” march is planned to start in Ybor City and head toward the Tampa Police headquarters near Gaslight Square.

WMNF News interviewed one of the organizers, Tom Scott, pastor of the ...

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Bill Moyers, Host of Moyers and company

photo by Bill Moyers, Host of Moyers and company

Are we experiencing a new age of robber barrons? A Bill Moyers interview with Historian Steve Fraser

Today on Radioactivity, we listen to an interview from Moyers and Company with author and historian Steve Fraser. Fraser's upcoming book,The Age of Acquiescence, explores whether growing disparities between the wealthy and poor has led America into a second Gilded Age. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phonelines to listeners.

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Same-sex couples exchange vows during a Valentine's Day 2008 ceremony after they were denied marriage licenses by Hillsborough County.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2008).

Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban

Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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