News & Public Affairs

Monday July 6, 2015


A handmade solar oven

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Solar cooking and Food Fermentation on Today's Sustainable Living program

Host Jon Butts talks with Paul Munsen, CEO of Sun Ovens International, a non-profit which advocates for solar cooking technology use in third world countries. Munsen presents solar ovens as a sustainable solution to cooking with an open fire, which contributes to deforestation and has detrimental health effects from smoke inhalation.

Then author Sandor Ellix Katz, who has written two popular books on food fermanation:The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, joins us to discuss t...

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Vietnam in 1972

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History Professor Christian Appy discusses the skewed legacy of the Vietnam War

Its been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson authorized a bombing campaign in Vietnam that marked the escalation of US involvement in the country's civil war. The Vietnam war would go on to claim tens of thousands of American lives and millions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Christian Appy,a professor of history at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, joins us to talk about how the wider effects of the war in Southeast Asia have been downplayed th...

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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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The Chicago Mayor's race & outright legalization of pot in Florida

The first part of the show we talked about the upcoming Chicago mayoral runoff between incumbent Rahm Emanuel and insurgent challenger Chuy Garcia. Chicago Reader political reporter Michael Minder joined us to talk about where the race stands with less than a month to go.

Jodi James from the Florida Cannabis Action Network came on after that. James discounted a published report that FCAN was going to push for their own constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for all in the Sunshine ...

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Attorney Ralph Fernandez,bottom left, and La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga, bottom right, debate the Cuban embargo on the Fairness Doctrine

The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Ian Haney Lopez, UC Berkeley Law Professor and Author of Dog Whistle Politics

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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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At Eckerd College, Vandana Shiva speaks about "Making Peace with the Earth"

Vandana Shiva has been active for decades in the environmental and global democracy movements. She spoke Monday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg about "Making Peace with the Earth."

Here is the full audio of her speech:

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Laila Abdelaziz (left), Hassan Shibly and Seán Kinane.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

CAIR Florida on FBI lawsuit and controversial film

Two years ago a Chechen man was shot to death while he was being interrogated by the FBI in Orlando. Ibragim Todashev was being questioned about what he knew about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who had been killed shortly after the attacks in Boston. During the long interview the FBI says their agents were attacked by Todashev before he was shot to death. Now the family of Todashev is suing the FBI.

Joining WMNF MidPoint in the studio are Hassan Shibly, the executive director of t...

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