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Thursday April 17, 2014


Radioactivity airs Ralph Nader Radio Hour show

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs an episode from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Ralph Nader is in dialogue with David Feldman and Steve Skrovan, discussing the big issues of the day. Nader is on the 100 most influential Americans of the 20 th century, according to Time/Life. David Feldman is an Emmy Award winning writer and host of the David Feldman Radio Show. Steve Skrovan is a former TV host (MTV and Fox) and is also the co-director/producer of the documentary film An Unreasonable Man....

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Invisible Innocence - Homeless Teens

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with author Maria Fabian about her new book, Invisible Innocence which examines child homelessness. We’re told there are about 1.7 million homeless teenagers in America. Half the young people in shelters say their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care. Some reports have it that an average of 13 youth die every day on the streets.

Listen to the entire show above

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Four years after oil spill, environmentalists still looking for restoration

A National Wildlife Federation study of Gulf wildlife four years after the BP oil spill shows a continued effect on bottlenose dolphins. According to the report, since 2010, more than 900 dolphins have found dead or stranded in the affected area and last year dolphins were found dead at three times the rate considered normal. The study also looked at ongoing affects on birds, whales and varies species of fish. During a teleconference today, Dr. Pamela Plotkin, an oceanography research profess...

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Professor David Schultz

Professor says McCutcheon decision uses first amendment as thuggery and a new study looks at how the gender gap keeps women in poverty

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Professor David Schultz, author of Election Law and Democratic Theory, Ashgate Publishing (Jan 2014) about the Lessons of the McCutcheon decision in the supreme court. Last week, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was argued in front of the supreme court and its decision struck down aggregate political contribution limits.

At the core of the McCutcheon is the argument that all individuals have a right...

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Chair of Pinellas County Commission discusses budget and State Representative Dwight Dudley talks solar engery

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei discusses this week’s e-town hall meeting about Pinellas County’s budget with Karen Seal who is chair of the Pinellas County Commission. Pinellas County has a lot of big decisions to make in the next few months over mass transportation, the bed tax and ambulance services.

Later Rob speaks with three Swedish students (Imanuel, Hannah, Anna) who are part of a larger group which sailed a tall ship to Tampa. Rob talks to State Representative Dwight Dudley abo...

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Faith-based activists call on reduction of juvenile arrest rates

Juvenile arrest rates are the focus of a faith-based group in St. Pete meeting Monday night. The group FAST, which stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together is co-chaired by Reverend Willie McClendon. He says the group is asking elected officials to embrace a statewide program that allows police officers to issue civil citations to juveniles for non-violent offenses, like marijuana possession.

McClendon expects about 3,000 interfaith activists at the rally in Tropicana Field Monda...

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Former U.S. ambassador to Russia John Beyrle talks about Crimea to USF students and professors

photo by Janelle Irwin

Former US ambassador to Russia says Crimea crisis isn't new Cold War

A Ukrainian Navy Officer was killed during a confrontation with a Russian soldier in Crimea early Monday.

The Crimea crisis is escalating tension between the U.S. and Russia, raising speculation that the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula into Russia may spark another Cold War. Former Russian Ambassador John Beyrle criticizes U.S. response as being too divided.

“It’s an unfortunate outgrowth of the kind of polarization and partisanization of foreign policy that I’ve seen in Washin...

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New book looks at the road to the civil rights act and Paul Ryan's proposed budget plan aims to cut trillions in federal spending

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Veteran political reporter Todd S. Purdum covers this in his new book AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (Henry Holt and Company). The book describes how two Presidents, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson overcame divisions within their own party and their initial lukewarm embrace of civil rights to end government sanctioned discriminatio...

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McCutcheon decision not boding well with WMNF listeners

The US Supreme Court this week struck down overall limits on campaign contributions, but left in place limits on how much can be dolled out to individual candidates.

The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,...

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Professor Masao Suzuki and Students for a Democratic Society's Veronica Juarez discuss immigration reform during a panel at USF.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Immigration reform not likely to move forward says California professor

Despite passing the Senate last year with bi-partisan support, comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t gone anywhere in the House. During a panel discussion at USF Wednesday night, pro-immigration leaders looked at where the bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship to more than 11 million undocumented immigrants is headed.

Masao Suzuki, a professor at Skyline College in San Jose said he doubts any immigration measure will be passed this year.

“There’s not evidence that the Ho...

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