News & Public Affairs

Friday May 29, 2015


De-funct intercontinental ballistic missile at the Titan Missile Museum at Sahuarita, Arizona

photo by Devin Ford, Flickr

The Doomsday clock has been set 2 minutes closer to catastrophe, Kennette Benedict explains why

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced yesterday that it has moved its iconic Doomsday clock two minutes forward, symbolically putting humanity three minutes away from a man-made global disaster. Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin, explains how climate change, modernization of nuclear weapons, and large weapons arsenals have increased the probability of a widespread catastrophe. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Board of Science and Security was founded by former Manh...

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Tampa mayoral write-in candidate Jose Vazquez, former ABC 28 reporter Alan Cohn

Some people think Tampa mayoral write-in candidate Jose Vazquez is a bit crazy. Why would anyone want to run against Bob Buckhorn for Tampa mayor this winter? Especially when you've got a criminal record. Tune it hear why.

Also: Eckerd Psychology Professor Marjorie Sanfilippo talks about why it's a bad idea for the Florida Legislature to pass legislation allowing guns on college campuses, former ABC 28 reporter Alan Cohn talks about the return of Jim Norman to local politics.

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USF students part of statewide vigil for Chapel Hill victims

The Muslim Students Association at the University of South Florida will be part of a coordinated statewide vigil Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for the victims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To find out more, WMNF interviewed Malak Sakhoury, the interfaith chair with the MSA at USF.

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Fed Up: The High Cost of Cheap Food by Dale Finley Slongwhite

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles plastic shopping bag use, and the legacy of pollution at Lake Apopka

We kick off this morning's Radioactivity with another edition of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today we discuss the use of plastic shopping bags versus reusable canvas bags. arguing in favor of reusable bags is Friedemann Buschbeck of the Tampa Green Party, and for plastic bags is Mark McClure, Vice President of Operations at International Plastics Inc.

We then speak with Dale Finley Slongwhite, author of Fed Up: The High Cost of Ch...

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Alex English, communications manager for TBARTA.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Veterans have new tool to find rides

If you’re a veteran needing help to find transportation in the Tampa Bay area, there’s an app for that; well, really a website. The new myRIDE service from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority helps people find a ride. Alex English is the communications manager for TBARTA.

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Linda Marsa, investigative journalist and author on climate change

photo by Rob Lorei

Investigative journalist Linda Marsa discusses the looming consequences of climate change

Linda Marsa, investigative journalist and author of FEVERED: Why a Hotter Planet will Hurt Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves., explains the science of climate change and its effects on Florida and the world. Marsa, along with other environmental experts, will be speaking at a climate change symposium titled "Fire, Floods, and Famine: What can we do about climate change" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota tomorrow afternoon.

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Andrew Curry.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

USF Students for a Democratic Society will hold anti-war teach-in Wednesday

Some area students are holding an anti-war teach-in at the University of South Florida this week. The Books Not Bombs teach-in on Wednesday is focused on ties between USF and the U.S. military. Andrew Curry is a member of the USF SDS; Students for a Democratic Society. He’s a student at St. Petersburg College and helping to organize the teach-in.

update: In a press release on 11 February, SDS wrot...

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Sami Al-Arian visited Tampa in January 2015 before he was deported this week.

photo by Seán Kinane (c) 2015.

Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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Sami Al-Arian (r) and his wife Nahla.

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Sami Al-Arian deported: "my time in the U.S. has come to an end"

Update: On Wednesday afternoon one of their daughters confirmed to WMNF News that Sami and Nahla Al-Arian had arrived in their new country, Turkey. In the days to come we'll bring you more on this story.

Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the U.S. late Wednesday night; in an online statement he thanked friends and supporters, writing, "We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States."


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Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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

In Tampa, Florida Cabinet addresses Gerald Bailey ouster

Florida Governor Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday’s meeting of the governor and Cabinet at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently.

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after re...

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