News & Public Affairs

Monday April 27, 2015

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Liz Carlisle, Author of Lentil Undergound: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America


photo by Su Evers

Montana's alternative food movement, a NOVA documentary on sinkholes, and a film about the child welfare system on today's Radioactivity

We interview Liz Carlisle, fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems and author of * The Lentil Underground*.A book Carlisle calls a "long form country song" for a growing food movement based out of Montana and centered around farming legumes,the lentil underground seeks to break free from industrial agricultural practices such as monoculture farming and heavy pesticide and fertilizer use.

Tomorrow night, PBS will be airing a NOVA episode on the growing prevalence of ...

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Tzvia Thier grew up in Israel and is now critical of the state's policies towards Palestinians


photo by Rob Lorei

Former Zionist now critical of Israel's actions towards Palestinians, and the scientific march towards morality.

Science or religion: which is responsible leading us into a more moral world? Today we speak with Michael Shermer who argues in his new book,The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom, that we are living in the most moral times in history. Shermer is a professor at Chapman University as well as the founding editor of Skeptic Magazine and columnist for American Scientist. We then speak with Tzvia Thier, a woman born amidst the Holocaust in Romani...

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Bill Bunting and Marjorie Sanfilippo, Ph.D


photo by Rob Lorei

A debate on concealed weapons on Florida's college campuses.

Today's guests on Radioactivity debate whether guns should be allowed on Florida's college campuses. The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee has a approved a bill that would lift the ban of licensed concealed firearms on college and university properties. This comes nearly two months after a gunman shot 3 students at Florida State University's Strozier Library before local police shot him dead . Arguing in favor of the bill is Bill Bunting, who is the Second Amendment Chair with the F...

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One of the proposed designs, called "Destination St. Pete Pier."


photo by St. Pete Design Group / newstpetepier.com

New St. Pete pier design on the horizon

A new St Pete pier design is moving closer to a reality minus one proposal. Friday the advisory committee voted on which proposals will make it to the next round. The committee doesn’t want any surprises when the designs are presented to the public next month.

The committee members took turns critiquing each design. When the members finished they took a preliminary vote on a motion to eliminate the AH HA Design Group. This motion eventually passed 5 to 1.

A new pier design is part of a ...

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Danya Zituni (l) and Homam Zituni.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Committee to Stop FBI Repression in Tampa wants end to mosque spying

Some activists in Tampa are calling attention to FBI agents recruiting Muslims to spy inside their own mosques.

To find out more about their campaign, Friday morning I interviewed a brother-sister pair. Homam Zituni and Danya Zituni are both members of Stop FBI Repression, Tampa.

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Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin (r) was interviewed by Janelle Irwin.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin defends vote to oust Superintendent MaryEllen Elia

Tuesday night, four board members prevailed in voting to terminate Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The move has stirred community-wide controversy because of the hefty price tag for buying out Elia's contract. The district will pay Elia $1.1 million. That's two years-worth of salary and her cozy benefits package including two retirement plans, two life insurance policies, health insurance and a car allowance. Elia's supporters have also pointed out the Superinten...

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The Fierce Urgency of Now by Julian Zelizer

History and public affairs professor discuss LBJ and the legacy of the Great Society

Today we talk with Julian Zelizer, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton, about his new book The Fierce Urgency of Now:Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society. Zelizer's book analyzes LBJ's achievements and programs under his Great Society programs and how it has shaped the modern political landscape in America.

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The evolution of Jeb Bush's education philosophy

Jeb Bush's career in public (and private) life is being scrutinized more closely than ever, now that he's declared that he's seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016.

In the current New Yorker, writer Alec MacGillis examines Bush's history regarding education, which was a cornerstone of his work as governor in Florida from 1998-2006, and even more so after he left for the private sector.

The President's State of the Union address was also fodder for discussion.

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Tariq Abukhdeir (right) and his mother Suha Abukhdeir at their Tampa home.


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

Tampa teen interviewed by UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict

The Tampa teenager who was beaten by Israeli police last summer in Jerusalem was interviewed Wednesday morning by officials in the United Nations Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict.

According to the Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Tariq Abukhdeir was interviewed by video conference. CAIR-Florida calls it “a significant step towa...

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MaryEllen Elia.


photo by Janelle Irwin/WMNF News (Sept. 2013).

Hillsborough School Board fires district superintendent

Tuesday night the Hillsborough County School Board narrowly voted to fire the district’s superintendent.

MaryEllen Elia will get more than a million dollars in compensation and her last day will be March 5.

Even though the school board voted 4-to-3 to terminate Elia’s contract, many members of the public spoke in favor of keeping her.

That includes Kathleen Shanahan who is the former chief of staff to Governor Jeb Bush.

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