News & Public Affairs

Thursday September 18, 2014


St. Pete residents gather around police chief candidate Jerry Geier to ask questions about his policing style.

photo by Janelle Irwin

VIDEO: St. Pete residents get to weigh in on new police chief

There’s about to be a new chief in town. The city of St. Pete is expected to choose a new head of its police department sometime within the next few weeks. Citizens had the chance to interview the four finalists for the job during a meet and greet Thursday night.

Of the short list, only one candidate is from the St. Petersburg Police Department. That’s Assistant Chief Melanie Bevan.

“We need to rebuild the culture of the police department. I’m not even going to tell you anymore, but I ...

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Jeff Cohen, Director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College

Ithaca Professor, Jeff Cohen discusses media coverage of the current situation in Iraq

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks about media coverage of the current situation in Iraq with Jeff Cohen director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and cofounder of the online activism group Jeff was one of the co-founders of the media watch group- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

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Southern Gothic Comedy

Caroline Jett, Karla Hartley and Rosemary Orlando talk about (and do a scene from) the dark comedy set in the Florida swampland. Just the usual, you know, alligators, aliens, Disney.

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St. Petersburg's iconic pier may get replaced.

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Five public meetings planned for St. Pete Pier

The city of St. Pete is asking for the public’s help designing a new pier. The first of 5 public meetings kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Child’s Park Recreation Center on the Southside. the city’s Ben Kirby is the city's communications director.

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USF grad students want more take home pay

The USF graduate student union will start collective bargaining talks with the university Friday. Graduate Assistants United wants certain fees waived to increase the amount of take home pay students make teaching classes while pursuing advanced degrees. Josh Lenes and Megan Flocken are co-presidents of the group.

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The history behind Juneteenth and documentary, Freedom Summer details 10 important weeks of civil rights in 1964

From a Woman's POV feels privileged for all of us to celebrate Juneteenth and to speak with NIKKI GIOVANNI on this day. It took months for the message of the proclamation to spread through the land, but as NIKKI GIOVANNI, the shows first guest, says in her poem “The American Vision of Abraham Lincoln on the Lincoln Memorial”

At this moment

Resting in the comfort of the statue Of the 16th president of the United States Missing An equally impressi...

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Rev. Willie Dixon and Rob Lorei

Tampa Bay's Juneteenth celebration and Michelle Alexander's new book THE NEW JIM CROW examines high incarceration rates for people of color

Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei shares an interview with Michelle Alexander where she discusses her new book THE NEW JIM CROW about the high rates of incarceration for people of color. The show also highlights a local Juneteenth event.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the...

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The final space shuttle voyage lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Feb. 2011.

photo by WMNF News file photo.

Kennedy Space Center prepares for sea level rise

NASA is taking steps to protect Florida’s coastal Kennedy Space Center from rising seas.

Climate scientists say that sea levels will continue to rise because of melting polar ice and because warmer oceans will expand as the planet warms.

WMNF spoke with Kim Toufectis, the architect who coordinates master planning for NASA’s 15 locations, including KSC.

“Adapting to climate risks is part of what NASA needs to do in order to make sure our facilities can support our work going forwar...

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Reaction to trademark board calling Washington NFL team name "disparaging"

The nickname of the NFL team in Washington, D.C., is considered by many people to be a racial slur against indigenous Americans.

And today a federal trademark board concurred, calling it "disparaging of Native Americans" and recommending canceling the team's trademark protections. The team has faced pressure for years to change its name from the “R-word,” but it responded today by announcing it will appeal.

For reaction, WMNF spoke with Emelie Jeffries. She is host of Voices of Our Pe...

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