News & Public Affairs

Sunday April 20, 2014

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin accuses Superintendent Elia of bullying staff

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin only has nine months left in her tenure on the education board and she's not holding any more punches.

The former board chair wants to change the way the district evaluates Superintendent Maryellen Elia. But she's angry the Hillsborough Schools top employee won't agree to it.

The tension boiled over this week when Griffin was quoted telling reporters that Elia was, "full of shit."

Griffin explains and defends her comments.

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Tampa City Council's Mulhern not challenging Higginbotham on County Commission

Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern is taking her name out of the hat for Hillsborough County Commission. Mulhern, a Democrat, would have faced incumbent Republican Al Higginbotham. Her decision possibly paves the way for the current district 7 official to slide easily into another term. Citing health concerns, Mulhern said the choice was more of a realization than a decision.

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Jobsite Theater + Stageworks Theater

We spoke with David Jenkins and Shawn Paonessa from Jobsite Theater about their show, The Hound of the Baskervilles. How does an audience impact a performance? How do acting and directing influence each other? How bad of a British accent can they actually do? Dewey Davis Thompson interviewed Karla Hartley about her recent appointment as the new Artistic Director of Stageworks Theater, and what it is like to step into the role created by an icon of local theater.

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Tribute to Pete Seeger

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs a special tribute to the iconic folk singer Pete Seeger who passed away Monday. The Ballad of Pete Seeger is produced by Pacifica Radio Archives and it presents historic live performances, actuality and interviews.

Listen to the entire show above.

You can also find the tribute here:

Part 1

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Nan Rich on Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, and her chances of becoming the next governor of Florida.

Although the perception is that Nan Rich is a serious long-shot of becoming the next governor of Florida (or even Democratic nominee), a recent poll has her down just four points to GOP incumbent Rick Scott.

On the program the former Senate Minority Leader laid out her positions on the issues, and said that she still thinks that Charlie Crist will engage with her in a debate (or debates) before the Democratic gubernatorial primary in August.

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InVision Tampa unveils plan for West Hillsborough River area

The neighborhood now consists of several public housing complexes, older homes and is situated along the Hillsborough River. Many of the residents are low income African American. The president of Urban Strategies, Sandra Moore is a consultant on how to best transform the community.

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