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Thursday December 18, 2014

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Angie Drobnic Holan

Politifact's 2014 Lie of the year, and a counterpoint to raising the minimum wage

Today, Politifact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan gives us a run-down on the nominees for the fact-checking website's 2014 Lie of the year, the top statements rated as false or "pants on fire" false by Politifact. This year's picks range in topic from healthcare and job growth to ISIS and Ebola. Winners will be decided by separate editor's and reader's polls. Next, we speak with Michael Saltsman, Research Director of Employment Policies Institute, a Washington-based research organization opposed...

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The Interrogator: An Education by Glenn Carle

Does Torture Work? Veteran CIA agent shares his perspective on enhanced interrogation.

Yesterday,The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation techniques and secret detention of suspected terrorists, concluding that "The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees." Today on Radioactivity, we speak with retired CIA field officer Glenn Carle. Carle worked for the CIA for 23 years and up until his retirement in 2007 was the Deputy National Intelligenc...

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Protesters chanted outside St. Petersburg Police headquarters during the chief's meeting.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

St. Petersburg Police Chief gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside

Amid a nationwide outcry for justice and concerns about racial profiling in African-American communities, the Saint Petersburg Chief of Police hosted a panel Tuesday night about police engagement. Around 20 city officials, members of the black community, and current and former law enforcement brainstormed ways to reduce racial profiling.

While Chief Anthony Holloway’s meeting was going on inside police headquarters, about 30 protesters rallied outside against police violence.

One of th...

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Amnesty International placed this "Torture Free Zone" tape at an exhibit at the Nobel Center in Oslo, Norway in Feb. 2007.


photo by Seán Kinane.

U.S. Senate releases summary of CIA torture report

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the panel's long-awaited report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks stands as a record of "a stain on our values and on our history."

Senator Dianne Feinstein stood before the Senate to summarize the committee's seven-year effort to uncover and evaluate the ...

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Presidential Scholar George Edwards


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Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards joins us today on Radioactivity

Today on Radioactivity, we are talking with leading Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards. Edwards is the the Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University, as well as the editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of the Oxford Handbooks of American Politics, in addition to authoring and editing over 25 books on the American presidency and politics. He will be speaking at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Greenpeace to put coal in Duke's stockings at St. Pete rally

State Representative Dwight Dudley filed legislation Tuesday to keep utility companies from charging higher rates when billing cycles are longer. In a press release, the Democrat from St. Petersburg said Republican State Senator Charlie Dean will file a companion bill soon. It comes in response to Duke Energy Florida adjusting the timing of meter reading that added several days to customers’ bill earlier this year resulting in overcharges.

Meanwhile, two local state lawmakers filed bills t...

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Electric Vehicles

On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) and especially electric bikes. One of our guests was the founder of Pro EV, Cliff Rassweiler, located in Miami. Pro EV promotes electric vehicles as an alternative to internal combustion powered vehicles. Also joining the show we had a contributing writer for Inside EVs, Ted Dillard. Ted writes for other publications as well, including Home Power Magaz...

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