News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 1, 2014


Brian Moore.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Peace coalition will protest "war profiteering" at Raytheon in Largo

Tampa Peace activists opposed to more war in southwest Asia have demonstrated outside MacDill Air Force Base several times in the last few months as the U.S. escalated its wars in Iraq and Syria; but Friday there will be a new location for their anti-war protest: a Raytheon plant in Largo.

It begins at 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Bryan Dairy Road and Belcher Road and is being organized by St. Pete For Peace.

For a preview, I spoke with...

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Bob Keefe,Executive Director of Environmental Entrepreneur

New study finds Florida lagging behind when it comes to creating green jobs and Son of the largest marijuana dealer in U.S. discusses his new book

Today on Radioactivity we discuss why Florida is lagging behind northern states when it comes to creating green jobs.

More than 130,000 Floridians currently work at 14,000-plus clean energy businesses spread almost equally across the state, according to a first-of-its-kind Florida clean jobs census released today by the nonpartisan business groups Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) and the Florida Chapter of the Energy Services Coalition.


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Jose Marti Park, Ybor City.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (May 2011).

In Tampa nurses "die-in" to draw attention to Ebola and lack of preparedness

A second nurse has caught Ebola in a Dallas hospital; here in Tampa nurses drew attention Wednesday afternoon to the dangers of Ebola and to what they say is the lack of preparedness by hospitals.

To do that they staged a "die-in" in Ybor City in front of the Italian Club.

Before the die-in, WMNF interviewed Louise Eastty, a Registered Nurse at an Intensive Care Unit in Pasco County. She is a member of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, the nation's Ebola crisis has...

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Beach dunes at Sand Key in Pinellas County.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Sept. 2009).

Environmentalists plan to march on Rick Scott's beachfront home Saturday

Environmentalists concerned about clean water will march on Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home this weekend in southwest Florida.

The “It's All About the Water” march begins at the Naples Pier Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Last week I interviewed Karen Dwyer, cofounder of the Stone Crab Alliance, about the upcoming march.

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Will Abberger

Florida voters to decide on proposed constitutional amendments this election

This election, Florida voters will decide on three proposed constitutional amendments. Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei talks about Amendment One with Will Abberger, the campaign manager for the amendment.

Amendment 1 would set aside one-third of documentary stamp taxes – paid when real estate is sold – to conservation measures aimed at protecting drinking water sources, restoring the Everglades, and reviving the state’s historic commitment to preserving natural lands and wildlife habita...

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Historian James W. Loewen separates fact from fiction on Christopher Columbus Day

Today in the United States we mark Columbus Day. For some it’s a holiday, for some Italian Americans it’s a way to honor the Italian contribution to America. For some Native Americans it’s a day to protest his treatment of native people. Christopher Columbus is given credit by some for being the first European explorer to come to North America.

Rob Lorei talks about Christopher Columbus with James W. Loewen, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is ...

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Food Day & Gardening

On today’s Sustainable Living program we started with a short segment about National Food Day coming up on October 24th. Karen Elizabeth, local food activist and nutrition coach talked about what Food Day is and events in our area. She’s involved with the Plant City Commons Community Garden and they’re having a Food Day get together at the garden in Plant City.

Karen andJon Butts will be attending Pat & Rosalind’s Solar Party, October 18th at their Zero Energy s...

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Dezeray Lyn with Block the Boat Tampa.

photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to block Israeli ship in Tampa

A local group supporting the rights of Palestinians is holding its third major action at Port Tampa Bay beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

Block the Boat Tampa is drawing attention to a boycott of companies from Israel by picketing a ship from the Zim shipping company, which will attempt to unload cargo tomorrow.

Friday morning I spoke with Dezeray Lyn with Block the Boat Tampa about how dockworkers are responding to their protest.

Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to ...

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USF panel discussion on race and police violence

photo by Samuel Johnson

Could Ferguson happen in Tampa?

The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Rhana Bazzini

Supporter of campaign finance reform will march 300 miles to Tallahassee on foot and Sarasota event advocates separation of church and state

Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a Sarasota woman who is taking the movement for campaign finance reform to Tallahassee by walking there along with her supporters. Next Monday 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini will begin walking- 300 miles- from Sarasota to Tallahassee in an effort to win support for campaign finance reform. Her plan is to arrive in the state capitol by the beginning of December.

But, why is this petite 94-pound woman embarking on a more than 7-week trip on foot when the 300 ...

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