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Saturday March 28, 2015


The Interrogator: An Education by Glenn Carle

Does Torture Work? Veteran CIA agent shares his perspective on enhanced interrogation.

Yesterday,The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation techniques and secret detention of suspected terrorists, concluding that "The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees." Today on Radioactivity, we speak with retired CIA field officer Glenn Carle. Carle worked for the CIA for 23 years and up until his retirement in 2007 was the Deputy National Intelligenc...

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Protesters chanted outside St. Petersburg Police headquarters during the chief's meeting.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

St. Petersburg Police Chief gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside

Amid a nationwide outcry for justice and concerns about racial profiling in African-American communities, the Saint Petersburg Chief of Police hosted a panel Tuesday night about police engagement. Around 20 city officials, members of the black community, and current and former law enforcement brainstormed ways to reduce racial profiling.

While Chief Anthony Holloway’s meeting was going on inside police headquarters, about 30 protesters rallied outside against police violence.

One of th...

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Amnesty International placed this "Torture Free Zone" tape at an exhibit at the Nobel Center in Oslo, Norway in Feb. 2007.

photo by Seán Kinane.

U.S. Senate releases summary of CIA torture report

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the panel's long-awaited report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks stands as a record of "a stain on our values and on our history."

Senator Dianne Feinstein stood before the Senate to summarize the committee's seven-year effort to uncover and evaluate the ...

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Presidential Scholar George Edwards

photo by Rob Lorei

Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards joins us today on Radioactivity

Today on Radioactivity, we are talking with leading Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards. Edwards is the the Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University, as well as the editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of the Oxford Handbooks of American Politics, in addition to authoring and editing over 25 books on the American presidency and politics. He will be speaking at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Greenpeace to put coal in Duke's stockings at St. Pete rally

State Representative Dwight Dudley filed legislation Tuesday to keep utility companies from charging higher rates when billing cycles are longer. In a press release, the Democrat from St. Petersburg said Republican State Senator Charlie Dean will file a companion bill soon. It comes in response to Duke Energy Florida adjusting the timing of meter reading that added several days to customers’ bill earlier this year resulting in overcharges.

Meanwhile, two local state lawmakers filed bills t...

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Electric Vehicles

On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) and especially electric bikes. One of our guests was the founder of Pro EV, Cliff Rassweiler, located in Miami. Pro EV promotes electric vehicles as an alternative to internal combustion powered vehicles. Also joining the show we had a contributing writer for Inside EVs, Ted Dillard. Ted writes for other publications as well, including Home Power Magaz...

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photo by Samuel Johnson

Activists demand black control of the police in their neighborhoods

In the wake of a series of police killings around the country, Sunday in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism. The city's new police chief backed out of participating- which didn't sit well with the audience.

The forum was sponsored by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at their headquarters on 18th Avenue South. About 100 people attended. One of the speakers- Rev. Manuel Sykes Pasto...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa demonstrators shut down streets in solidarity with Ferguson protests

On Friday night in Tampa about 150 Ferguson solidarity protesters shut down streets and bridges in and around downtown and even took their message against police violence to a city-sponsored Christmas celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

In the streets they chanted things like “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “Back Lives Matter,” and “I Can’t Breathe.”

After an hour of speeches and chanting at Gaslight Square Park near police headquarters, demonstrators marched west on Kennedy Boulevar...

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David Cobb, attorney and spokesperson for Move to Amend

photo by Rob Lorei

Attorney David Cobb discusses Corporate Personhood on Radioactivity.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses Corporate Personhood with Attorney David Cobb. Cobb is a national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a grassroots organization working to end corporate money in political campaigns, in response to a 2010 Supreme Court decision which extended 1st amendment rights to non-profit and for-profit organizations. This decision allows campaign spending by such entities as a form of free speech. Cobb also addresses comments made by Texas Senator Ted Cruz agains...

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