News & Public Affairs

Monday April 27, 2015


Supporters of CIW march in front of a St.Petersburg Publix grocery store. Publix has not joined the Fair Food Program.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Nov. 2009).

Fresh Market grocery chain joins CIW's Fair Food Program

A farmworker organization in Florida has gotten another large grocery chain to sign on to its Fair Food Agreement. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers announced Thursday that the Fresh Market grocery chain has become the 13th corporation to support “fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.”

According to a press release, the grocery chain will purchase some tomatoes from growers that have agreed to pay an additional penny per pound to ...

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Laila Abdelaziz, Local progressive activist and Muslim-American.

photo by Rob Lorei

Local progressive Muslim activist speaks out on tragic shooting in France.

Today, we hear local responses to yesterday's horrific massacre of 12 people in Paris at the offices of french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by suspected radical islamists. We first listen to reports of the shootings from French government-run television service France 24. Laila Abdelaziz, local progressive activist and Muslim-American, then offers her perspective on the tragedy and answers listeners' questions.

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Medallion home headquarters in Bradenton, solar panels outfitted by Scott McIntyre's company Solar Energy Management

photo by Rob Lorei

Florida solar industry concerned that utility companies might make moves against net metering

Some people within the solar energy industry is concerned that the upcoming legislative session will bring changes that will discourage energy consumers from considering solar power. Scott McIntyre,CEO of Solar Energy Management, and Ivan Penn, who covers energy issues for the Tampa Bay Times, join us today to talk about how Florida utility companies might push for changes against net metering. Net metering allows monitoring of solar energy fed back into a power grid against power taken from ...

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Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida

photo by Rob Lorei

Political science Professor Matthew discusses how Jeb Bush changed the role of Florida Governor

Joining us today on Radioactivity is Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His recently released book, Conservative Hurricane:How Jeb Bush Remade Florida, outlines how the former Florida governor changed the nature of the office since his two-term run from 1999-2007. Later we discuss gun control and the NRA with Jim Gilmore, who worked as an editor and producer on the PBS Frontline documentary *Gun...

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Tampa's mass wedding.

photo by Samuel Johnson.

Same-sex couples get legally wed all over Florida

Same-sex couples are rejoicing as they legally tie the knot in Florida Tuesday. In St. Petersburg about twenty couples lined up in front of the Pinellas County courthouse steps before the doors opened at 8:00 a.m.

After about 30 minutes of paperwork the first couple, Andrea DeFlippo and Erin Bell, were escorted into a small room cramped with reporters. Arricka Grant, performed the ceremony. Pinellas County Clerk of Courts St Pete branch manager, Vel Anderson, said that preparations had bee...

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photo by Kendall Coffey

Host Rob Lorei interviews vice president and legal counsel to non profit opposed to gay marriage

Today, Rob Lorei speaks with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Counsel for Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit opposed to Florida becoming the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on gay marriage is scheduled to lift by midnight, although a county in South Florida is already issuing licenses. Meanwhile,in Jacksonville and other North Florida counties, chapels are being closed down to both gay and straight marriages.

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Cuban Flag in Tampa's Jose Marti Park.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).

Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations

Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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September Penn, Director of Sounds of the Civil Rights: The Power of Song

photo by Rob Lorei

Radioactivity speaks with September Penn of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song

Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedoms songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for those who sung them. Song of the Civil Rights Movement will be performing at the Palladium Theater on Jan. 11th and 12th. Admission is free and tickets can be obtained at the Palladium T...

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Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (2012).

Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties

The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Former New York governor, Mario M. Cuomo

photo by David Berkowitz/Flickr

Radioactivity takes a look back at the life of Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York

Mario Cuomo, former three-term governor of New York from 1983 to 1984, died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn into his second-term as New York governor. Mario Cuomo was a commanding orator, and today on Radioactivity we listen to his famous keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines for listener comments.

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