News & Public Affairs

Monday October 20, 2014

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Homeless Youth

Maria Fabian joined the Urban Cafe crew to discuss the issues surrounding our homeless youth here in the Tampa Bay area. A native of Tampa, Florida, Maria Fabian is a former homeless youth who spent more than two months during her senior year of school living in an abandoned apartment with no electricity or running water.

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Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Today Radioactivity discusses the dead zone now in the Gulf of Mexico. This week scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement of the Gulf Dead Zone, which measured 5,008 square miles, almost as large as the state of Connecticut. LUMCON has been measuring the Dead Zone since 1985, and this year’s Dead Zone is three times larger than the Dead Zone Task Force’s 2015 goal for reducing the dead zone.

Rob Lorei speaks to Andrew E. Whitehurst,...

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St. Petersburg Arts Walk

Discussed not only the specifics of the Art Walk, but also the economic impact of the arts and why people should contact their representatives to increase funding for the arts.

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Do women have a right to control their bodies? & The Israel and Gaza conflict

WOMEN’S VOICES…..not being heard

SIMONA SHARONI:

How many women have you seen giving analysis of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict? I don’t mean mothers in anguish over dead or frightened civilians. Nor do I mean the spokeswomen for the various peace groups. Not many. Does it matter? SIMONA SHARONI is Jewish, lived much of her life in Israel, and served in the Israeli military. She is an internationally-known feminist scholar, res...

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Last operating Tampa cigar factory in danger of shutting down

For more than 125 years the city of Tampa has been the home to cigar factories- by the 1920’s there were 150 factories- employing tens of thousands of people. Tampa was so famous for its cigars to this day it is called Cigar City.

Now the last operating cigar factory in Tampa is facing a possible shutdown because of new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The JC Newman Cigar Company- located on the northside of Ybor City employs 130 people, mostly women making inexpe...

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Peter Matthews on the high price of democracy in the U.S.

Peter Matthews, the author of the book “Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for some – How to reclaim the American Dream For All was our guest for the entire hour. Matthews spoke about the themes he discusses in his book, how America has become up for sale, with our politicians doing what's best for them (and their funders) than the people. He spoke to many callers throughout the hour.

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