News & Public Affairs

Monday November 24, 2014

Tampa car dealership makes it easier for women to be auto technicians

Next Tuesday is recognized as Women’s Equality Day; a local car dealership is marking the occasion by making it easier for women to be automotive technicians with separate accommodations.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Rob Elder, president of Elder Automotive Group based in Tampa.

“Pretty much jobs in the automotive world in general are very, very tight [for women]. The obstacles are numerous from not having theown proper facilities for the technicians -- if we are just talking ab...

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Weeki Wachee River.


photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

Three Florida springs could be getting additional protections

Three of the largest freshwater springs systems in our region could be getting more protection; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is adding the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka and Homosassa Rivers to a priority list.

The other two first-magnitude spring systems already on the SWIM program priority list are the Rainbow River and Crystal River / Kings Bay.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Veronica Craw, springs manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District ...

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Three Local Solar Experts

Our guests today on the Sustainable Living Program included one of John Butts dear friends and a local solar energy hero, Pat Mahoney. Lately he’s been helping others (usually for free) consider and install solar electric and solar hotwater systems. In the process of helping, Pat has been having problems with permitting and other soft costs, and he talked about these issues on the show. Pat listened to the latest Florida Public Service Commission meeting that concluded with dropping all cur...

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One of several local activists stands and protests Ferguson, Missouri's shooting of Michael Brown.


photo by Crystal Farina

Tampa activists protest Ferguson shooting, call attention to racism and police brutality

The recent shooting and death of Ferguson, Missouri teenager, Michael Brown, has shaken the St. Louis suburb, as well as the African-American community’s sense of security around the nation. While police and protesters continued to clash in Ferguson, WMNF’s Crystal Farina reported on Tampa’s own demonstration over the weekend.

Around thirteen people gathered in front of The Tampa Police Department on 22nd St., near Ybor City.

“Hands up, don’t shoot.”

The crowd chanted what has b...

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Tampa Bay Times staff writers take a closer look into the life of Charlie Crist in their new article

Last Sunday the Tampa Bay Times ran a lengthy article profiling Charlie Crist who is likely to be the Democratic candidate for governor this November. The profile is called KNOWING CHARLIE and it’s generated a lot of discussion for what it reveals about Charlie Crist’s work habits and his personal life. The reporters interviewed more than 100 people for the article- both supporters and detractors.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Tampa Bay Times staff writers Adam C. Smith and M...

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photo by Norton: July 2014

Was the U.S. founded by Christians? Author of new book Nature's God says no

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with author Matthew Stewart about his new book NATURE’S GOD: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic. Stewart says that the country was founded by radical secularists, not Christians. The idea that the nation was founded on Christian religious beliefs is strongly held by televangelists and conservative Christians.

In his entertaining book, Nature’s God (Norton: July 2014), Matthew Stewart dispels the myth that our founding fathers were a gr...

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International Youth Day

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

What do you think is the status of children in the world today? Think of the faces of the children in Gaza. Think of the faces of the children on the bus being transported to Murrieta, California. There is an old saying, “that you can judge a nation by how it treats its children.” I would say we have a lot of work to do to erase the fear and terror on those children’s faces.

First, in our country, immigration reform languishes in a now recessed congress, and w...

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