News & Public Affairs

Wednesday November 26, 2014


Pulitzer prize winning reporter discusses the controversy over immigration from Latin America

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Sonia Nazario author of ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter about the controversy over immigration from Latin America. Who are the immigrants? What are their stories? Should Americans be afraid of these newcomers?

In Pasco County a debate is raging over 16 children- undocumented minors- immigrants from Central America. They are being provided food and shelter by the Gulf Coast Jewish and Fa...

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Dr Michael Schachter

Dr Michael Schachter on Alternative Health

Today on the Alternative Health Show, Dr. Michael Shachter fills in for Eve Prang Plews. Dr. Shachter runs a complimentary medicine clinic in Sufern, New York.

Dr Michael Schachter also serves with Eve and Dr. David Perlmutter on the Science Medical Board of Advisors.

Dr. Schachter is a 1965 graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is board certified in Psychiatry, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has obtained proficiency in Chelation Therapy from the Americ...

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL, right).

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

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces resolution to permit U.S. strikes inside Syria

Late Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed a joint resolution with the Senate to allow the president to make airstrikes on Islamic State militants inside Syria.

“I describe ISIS as a snake. If the head of the snake is in Syria -- which it is -- a lot of their organization, a lot of their leadership is there, then we ought to go after the snake where the head is and decapitate the snake. In doing that we’re going to have to go into Syria. Now, I believe that t...

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Andrea Assaf, Art2Action.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11

"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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True Talk shares live music from Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series in Tampa

True Talk welcomed vocalist and Daf player Aida Shahghasemi to the show. Aida will be featured in an Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series called The Bridge. The program will take place at USF School of Music on September 8 and 10 at 8:00 PM. The event will feature spoken word and middle eastern music and has been written and directed by Andrea Assaf who also joined True Talk to share details on the series.

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Two Florida corals have federal blueprint for recovery

Two important reef-building corals will soon get a recovery plan from the federal government; Thursday the National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft blueprint for saving the elkhorn and staghorn corals, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To find out what this means for reefs in Florida, WMNF spoke with Jaclyn Lopez, the Florida-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“Yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued its dra...

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United for Care's Ben Pollera pushes back on new poll that shows Amendment 2 losing

Today the Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 and the UF Bob Graham Center published a poll that showed Amendment Two, the Medical Marijuana initiative scheduled to be placed on this November's ballot in Florida, to be drawing only 56 percent support. If that were to be the case come November, the measure would fail (citizens generated constitutional amendments must pass with 60 percent support).

Pushing back on the survey's results on the air today was Ben Pollera, the spokesman for United for Ca...

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Tampa Bay Sierra Club supports ferry despite concerns about terminal in preserve

Hillsborough County may consider a high-speed ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base with communities in the south county where many workers live.

Last month one environmental group, Audubon Florida, criticized the plan because a terminal is proposed for reclaimed wetlands in the Schultz Preserve.

But now, the chair of another group, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club's Kent Bailey, tells WMNF they support the proposed ferry across Tampa Bay.

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