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Saturday September 20, 2014

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll joins Radioactivity to discuss her new autobiography

For two years she was Governor Rick Scott’s Lt. Governor,- the state’s first black Lt. Governor, a retired US Navy Lt. Commander and a former state representative from Jacksonville. She was forced to resign from the Scott administration last year after she was questioned by law enforcement officers who were investigating illegal gambling operations disguised as a veteran’s charity operating from internet cafés.

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei welcomes guest Jennifer Carroll who has just ...

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A coral growing on a pier piling in Vieques, PR.


photo by Seán Kinane.

Endangered Species Act will protect 20 coral species

Twenty coral species found in American waters now have Endangered Species Act protections.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that the corals would be listed as threatened.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane interviewed Shaye Wolf, the climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This decision is a really big step forward for coral conservation and for preventing the further decline of our nation’s coral reefs. And so what happened is...

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Behind the Robe... the Job of Judging

Today on Last Call, Warren Elly takes a rare look inside Judging (being the one wearing the robe making life changing decisions.) Do you save a guy from death row? Was that killing covered by Stand Your Ground? What’s the right thing to do for a child whose been abused? Does anyone win a Divorce?

The show welcomes guest Susan Sexton, retired Hillsborough Judge. She was the first woman elected Circuit Judge in Hillsborough County in the 1980s and she was also the youngest. She presided...

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Author John Schultz discusses the history of the militarization of police

Many Americans were shocked a few days ago when snipers and heavily armed police met mostly peaceful protestors in Ferguson Missouri. That started a debate over whether the nation’s police have become so militarized that they are no longer there to preserve and protect but have adopted an attitude of “us” and “them”.

The militarization of the police is not a brand new practice. It has a long history and one of the worst incidents of it was 46 years ago this week during the Democratic Part...

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Bettejo Indelicato.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News.

Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay

Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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CannaDay in Ybor 2014


photo by Samuel Johnson

CannaDay: Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom?

Will medical marijuana fuel Florida’s next economic boom? That’s what people attending last Friday’s CannaDay in Tampa are hoping. A cannabis economy isn’t about stoners and lava lamps anymore; it’s about big business.

Legalized growing and distribution of marijuana is often viewed in context of medical applications. Yet, hemp is a renewable cannabis product which has a range of uses like oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, paper, and even food. Steven Edmund, co-founder of [One Florida Founda...

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League of Women Voters upset judge accepts redrawn Florida Congressional districts

Last Friday a judge in Tallahassee approved new congressional maps redrawn by the Florida Legislature. But for this year’s elections maps that the judge previously declared unconstitutional will be used.

For reaction WMNF News spoke Monday with Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Polls for the primary election are open from 7:00 a.m. Tuesday until 7:00 p.m.

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Retired Homeland Security officer discusses drug law enforcement

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a retired Department of Homeland Security officer about Amendment Two, medical marijuana and the impact of drug enforcement on law enforcement and securing our borders

Raymond Strack retired in January 2010 from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator/ Supervisory Special Agent. He began his Federal Law Enforcement career as a Customs Patrol Officer in 1983 in New Y...

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