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Friday January 30, 2015

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Same-sex couples exchange vows during a Valentine's Day 2008 ceremony after they were denied marriage licenses by Hillsborough County.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Feb. 2008).

Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban

Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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Host and former presidential canidate Ralph Nader


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Radioactivity airs the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Show

Today we are an episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this Boxing Day episode, Ralph fields Facebook questions posted by listeners, ranging in topic from job growth to how millennials can become more politically involved. Co-hosts include Steve Skrovan and David Feldman.

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Metropolitan Ministries CEO Tim Marks


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Radioactivity speaks with Metropolitan Ministries CEO Tim Marks, and a famed Christmas story turns 100.

On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei speaks with Tim Marks, CEO of Metropolitan Ministries, on how one of the Bay Area's largest charities provides housing and food assistance to thousands of homeless and at-risk families. We then take a look back in time to Christmas of 1914, when an impromptu ceasefire within the trenches of World War I lead to a fleeting peace between British and German soldiers.

Listeners can donate a gift to Metropolitan Ministries here . ...

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Why was the midterm voter turnout the lowest it had been in 72 years?

Today on Radioactivity, we'll talk with Thomas Ferguson, political science professor at University of Massachusetts, on why the national turnout for November's midterm elections was the lowest for any election cycle since 1942. According to an article Ferguson recently co-wrote for alternet.org, some states experienced the lowest voter turnout since they have joined the union. We then look at the case of Latandra Ellington, a Lowell Correctional Facility inmate, who in October was found dead ...

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Rare and Not So Rare Fruit Trees

On today’s program we talked about perennials and trees that produce fruit with three guests, all members of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International (TBRFCI). Joining the show was Charles Novak; Charles did a program on frost plant protection at the November meeting of the TBRFCI. Jimmy and Sally Lee, both Master Gardeners with Hillsborough County Extension Service, will be doing a talk about fruit trees at the Hillsborough County Bruton Memorial Plant City Library in ...

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Radioactivity listeners sound off on recent NYPD officer killings

On Saturday afternoon, two NYPD officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, by a Baltimore man who had reported posted anti-police statements on social media before the shooting. Today on Radioactivity, we look at opposing viewpoints, one from a TV segment with FOX News host Tucker Carlson, and another from a press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton, on whether recent civil unrest regarding police brutality and racial tensi...

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Attorney and Radio Host Ralph Nader

Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Today, we air an episode of KPFK's the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this episode, he speaks with Law Professor Rena Steinzor, who argues in her latest book, Why Not Jail?, that prosecutors should punish corporate criminals and white-collar crimes as severely as they punish street crime. Later, Co-hosts Steve Skrovan and David Feldman join Nader in discussing President Obama's recent announcement to normalize diploma...

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Tropicana Field in St Petersburg.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (Aug. 2014).

St. Pete City Council rejects deal for Rays to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas

This is St. Pete city council voting down an agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to explore possible stadium locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

The vote Thursday night was 5-3 against the deal.

One of the reasons the measure failed is a clause in the original contract with the Rays that requires the city to split revenue from any development on the Tropicana Field site with the baseball team. Council member Jim Ken...

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Cuban flag in Santa Clara, Cuba


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Local reactions and oppositions to President Obama's new approach on Cuba.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The surprising statement outlined plans to easy economic and travel embargoes between the two countries, as well as establish an American embassy in Cuba. On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei gets local perspectives from Al Fox, Founder of Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy, and Patrick Manteiga, Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. We also listen...

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Protesters outside Tampa Chamber meeting ask "Prosperity for Whom?"

Thursday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.

During the meeting the Chamber tweeted that a downtown vision unveiled yesterday by the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning would create 6,700 jobs.

But outside, a half-dozen protesters held signs and chanted that the promised prosperity would not trickle down to every day residents of Tampa.

WMNF News interviewed Samantha Bowden, a graduate student at the University of South Flor...

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