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Saturday September 20, 2014

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Andrea Assaf, Art2Action.


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Performance at USF reflects on Arab-American experience after 9/11

"Spoken word meets Middle Eastern music" is how a performance scheduled for Monday night at USF, Tampa is billed.

But there’s also a heavy dose of political commentary based on the Arab American experience during the post-9/11 so-called “War on Terror.”

Last week WMNF interviewed Andrea Assaf, the artistic director of Art2Action, about her performance Monday night called Eleven Reflections on September.

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True Talk shares live music from Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series in Tampa

True Talk welcomed vocalist and Daf player Aida Shahghasemi to the show. Aida will be featured in an Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series called The Bridge. The program will take place at USF School of Music on September 8 and 10 at 8:00 PM. The event will feature spoken word and middle eastern music and has been written and directed by Andrea Assaf who also joined True Talk to share details on the series.

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Two Florida corals have federal blueprint for recovery

Two important reef-building corals will soon get a recovery plan from the federal government; Thursday the National Marine Fisheries Service released a draft blueprint for saving the elkhorn and staghorn corals, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

To find out what this means for reefs in Florida, WMNF spoke with Jaclyn Lopez, the Florida-based attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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United for Care's Ben Pollera pushes back on new poll that shows Amendment 2 losing

Today the Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 and the UF Bob Graham Center published a poll that showed Amendment Two, the Medical Marijuana initiative scheduled to be placed on this November's ballot in Florida, to be drawing only 56 percent support. If that were to be the case come November, the measure would fail (citizens generated constitutional amendments must pass with 60 percent support).

Pushing back on the survey's results on the air today was Ben Pollera, the spokesman for United for Ca...

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Tampa Bay Sierra Club supports ferry despite concerns about terminal in preserve

Hillsborough County may consider a high-speed ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base with communities in the south county where many workers live.

Last month one environmental group, Audubon Florida, criticized the plan because a terminal is proposed for reclaimed wetlands in the Schultz Preserve.

But now, the chair of another group, the Tampa Bay Sierra Club's Kent Bailey, tells WMNF they support the proposed ferry across Tampa Bay.

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Nepali peace activist shares stories from a guerrilla ambush, Fast food workers strike and Ralph Nader discusses raising the minimum wage

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with former major in Nepal’s army- who was seriously injured in a Maoist guerilla ambush. He and members of his village have stood up to guerillas and security forces to create a zone where no fighting goes on. Hem Pun is a peace activist and will be speaking tonight in St. Petersburg.

Later Rob, discusses a rally in Tampa today and more than 100 cities across the country where fast food workers will be striking and committing acts of civi...

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Minimum Wage Supporters and Strikers


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Fast Food Strikers block intersection in Temple Terrace

Fast food workers are striking Thursday across the nation demanding a minimum wage of fifteen dollars an hour; here in the Tampa area, nearly 100 supporters chanted on the sidewalk in front of a McDonald’s restaurant at the corner of 56th Street and Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace.

At one point the protesters sat in the intersection blocking traffic for 5 minutes until they were confronted by police and ask to move. WMNF spoke with some of the striking workers. That includes McDonald's e...

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Is Alzheimer’s a health crisis for women? and Seeking Accountability for Gaza

Health Crisis?

30 years ago it was the “Big C.” Nobody mentioned the word cancer, it wasn’t talked about – “out of sight, out of mind.” Now it is the “Big A.” People don’t want to about Alzheimer’s, it seems closed and hidden from us. Yet it is probably the number one health emergency in the country.

With October and Breast Cancer Awareness month coming, most women know that one of eight of them will get Breast Cancer. But are you aware that one of six will get Alzheimer’s? Th...

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