News & Public Affairs

Monday May 25, 2015

Will Allen on WMNF

On The Sustainable Living Martin Luther King Day Program our very special guest was Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee. Mr. Allen played basketball for the Miami Hurricanes, then played professional. In 1993 he started the Growing Power project in Milwaukee, was awarded a Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2005, and in 2008 received the Mac Arthur Foundation Genius Grant for Urban Farming. Will was featured in the documentary film “Fresh” and co-authored “The Good Food R...

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Bryan Ellis (left) and Crystal Wilson.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Black Lives Matter march planned for Bradenton; Cornel West on MLK

Today the guests on the first edition of the noon news and talk show were Crystal Wilson and Bryan Ellis. They're helping to organize a #BlackLivesMatter rally and march in Bradenton this Saturday.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of U.S. 301 and Martin Luther King Ave. E. For more information, call: 941-321-7795.

We also heard more excerpts from Cornel West's speech last week in St. Petersbu...

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Words Words Words

Erin McKean wants you to make up words Shane Koyczan knows words can bring injuries or comfort Billy Collins shapes how we write and listen.

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CAIR's Hassan Shibley on the Paris terrorist attack: Terrorism, or Islamic terrorism?

Twelve people were killed last week at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. The satirical magazine was known for its controversial cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.

Joining us to talk about the ramifications of this terrorist attack was Hassan Shibley, executive director with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We asked Hassan if he agreed with Pop Francis, who said today that "religious freedom and freedom of expression sre fundamental human rights. But they are a...

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Cornel West in the pulpit


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Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete

Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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Mark Beiro will be one of the rotating hosts on the new lunchtime spot for national and local news on Tuesdays


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Former WFLA-AM host and sports announcer Mark Beiro to join WMNF News hosts on Tuesdays

Next week marks the beginning of a new programming schedule here at WMNF and this includes a new lunchtime spot for national and local news. Many familiar hosts will remain but Tuesdays will have a rotating cast of hosts including Mark Beiro, who joins us this morning on Radioactivity. Beiro hosted a show on WFLA-AM for years and also worked as sports announcer on the local and national boxing and Jai Alai circuits. Today he shares stories from his career and upbringing in West Tampa.

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The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan, and the Resignation of FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey

We start off today's Radioactivity with the third episode of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. The topic of debate:Why shouldn't all ingredients be prominently labeled in our food, drink and medicines? Taking their respective sides for and against labeling are New York Occupy Movement activist Dan Platt and Kriz Partridge of Bee Against Monsanto Tampa. We then open up the phone lines to listeners to discuss GMO labeling,the recent ousting ...

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