News & Public Affairs

Monday March 2, 2015


Chrisley Carpio, a lead organizer with Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

SDS wants USF to end its association with CENTCOM

The U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in southwest Asia are coordinated from Tampa at U.S. Central Command – CENTCOM; in a press conference Thursday afternoon Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign to end the relationship between the University of South Florida and CENTCOM and another command, U.S. SOUTHCOM, based in the Miami area.

Thursday morning WMNF...

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Alan Cohn

Former investigative TV reporter Alan Cohn discusses running for office in this month's mid-term election

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Alan Cohn a former investigative TV reporter who ran for Florida's 15th Congressional District seat in this month's mid-term election. They discuss what it takes to run for office and why the Democrats had such a bad year. Was it President Obama's low approval rating, campaign money, the lack of turnout? Or was it something deeper?

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Joe Parker and Wilson Perez

New documentary exposes the realities of America's farmworkers

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Joe Parker of the Student / Farmworker Alliance and CIW member Wilson Perez about the nationwide premiere of the the feature-length film, Food Chains , which debuts in Tampa on 11/21 at AMC Veterans 12. Shot mostly in the I-4 corridor, the film chronicles the realities of our nation's farmworkers and follows the CIW's Campaign for Fair Food as a model of hope for a food system base...

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William March, former political reporter at The Tampa Tribune

Top political reporters in Florida discuss the elections and the state of journalism

Today on Radioactivity two of the top political reporters in the state, Steve Bousquet the Tallahassee Bureau Chief of the Tampa Bay Times and William March who was (until this week) the top political reporter at The Tampa Tribune join Rob Lorei to discuss the elections, the internal divisions in the Florida Democratic Party and the state of journalism.

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The week after: Democratic Party strategist Franco Ripple discusses Charlie Crist's & Greenlight Pinellas losses

All Florida Democrats had a tough night on Election Night, but Franco Ripple's was particularly rotten. The Democratic Party strategist worked on the media campaigns of both Charlie Crist and Greenlight Pinellas, respectively, both of whom lost last week. Crist's loss was a relatively narrow one-point decision against GOP incumbent Rick Scott. While Greenlight got stomped, losing by an even wider margin than the Moving Hillsborough Forward vote in 2010. Franco talked to listeners about both d...

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Guy Harvey.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Artist Guy Harvey previews fisheries symposium in St. Pete

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster scientists are gathering in St. Petersburg this week to share knowledge about the population size of several important Gulf of Mexico fish species; the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium is named after the artist and conservationist and continues through Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

To find out about the important issues at the meeting, Thursday morning WMNF interviewed Guy Harvey.

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photo by DeeVon Quirolo & Sara Engdahl

The Fairness Doctrine: A debate over Cemex USA Mining Operation

"The Fairness Doctrine"

Today Radioactivity we share a special debate hosted by Jennifer Sullivan. She welcomes guests DeeVon Quirolo & Sara Engdahl a spokesperson for Cemex Mine Corporation. DeeVon Quirolo, of Brooksville, speaks on behalf of the group Neighbors Against Mining. The shows covers very controversial proposed expansion of Cemex's mine off of SR 50.

The local P&Z voted 4 to 1 against it, but depending on the election, the county commissioners could still approve this. As...

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Jimmy Dunson was cited last week for sharing food with hungry people in a Ft. Lauderdale park.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Tampa activist undeterred by Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public parks

Activists continue to challenge a Ft. Lauderdale ban on sharing food in public; this Friday people plan to defy a new city ordinance and feed hungry people in a city park.

WMNF interviewed Jimmy Dunson with Food Not Bombs Tampa. He was cited for sharing food in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday and intends to go back there to feed people this Friday as well.

“Actually, there’s quite a few ordinances. The number one that’s getting all...

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