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US and Cuba look to mend diplomatic relations listen

12/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Cuba, Barack Obama, Cuban embargo, Alan Gross, Cuban Five


Here are some points "Senior Administration Officials" made Wednesday morning on a phone conference with reporters that was embargoed until the call ended:

The three remaining Cuban Five members are being exchanged for American Alan Gross and a U.S. spy who has been imprisoned for 20 years in Cuba (an "intelligence asset").

The U.S. will ease travel restrictions across all areas of allowed travel, but Americans will still not be able to travel to Cuba for tourism. U.S. visitors to Cuba ...

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Equality Florida responds to Pam Bondi's request to appeal gay marriage in Florida.

12/17/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)

Tags: Ed Lally, Pam Bondi, Gay Marriage, Ed Sharockman, PolitiFact


Today on Radioactivity, Ed Lally, Central Florida development and corporate manager for Equality Florida, responds to Attorney General Pam Bondi's filing of an emergency petition to extend Florida's ban on same-sex marriage past January 5, the day that Florida is expected to become the 36th state to allow gay marriage. We then speak with Aaron Sharockman from, who reveals the fact-checking website's pick for the 2014 lie of the year.

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Columnist Bruce Feiler explores spiritual journeys, and responses to the Senate torture report.

12/15/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Bruce Feiler, Pilgrimage, Dick Cheney, John McCain, torture


On today's Radioactivity, Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and best-selling author, talks about the growing prevalence and personal meaning behind religious pilgrimages. His six-part documentary series, Sacred Journeys, premieres tomorrow night on PBS. With the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report still fresh on the public conscious, we listen to Sunday talk show responses to the report from former vice-president Dick Cheney and senator John McCain, before opening up the phone...

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St. Pete unveils 8 new design possibilities for Pier listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: St. Petersburg, St. Pete, pier, St. Pete Pier, architecture, construction, Tampa Bay


The City of St. Petersburg has unveiled eight possible concepts for a new Pier design.

Eight architectural firms spent up to $30,000 to create initial design concepts, which can now be seen on the city’s website.

Raul Quintana is St. Petersburg’s city architect. WMNF News spoke with him this morning before the designs were unveiled.

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Everglades Earth First! sings Christmas Carol to save Briger Forest listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Briger Forest, Scripps, Palm Beach County, Everglades, Everglades Earth First


Earlier this month WMNF interviewed an activist with Everglades Earth First! trying to save a pristine forest in Palm Beach County from development by the high-tech company Scripps.

On Friday demonstrators fighting for the forest left a voicemail during their protest.

You’ll hear from Ruddy Turnstone with Everglades Earth First after this version of a Christmas Carol.

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Can Tampa Bay learn a lesson from Phoenix on mass transit? listen

12/12/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Don Kueth, Phoenix Community Alliance, light rail, Mass Transit


Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei discusses the future of mass transit in the Tampa Bay Area with Don Kueth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance, whose push for mass transit in Phoenix failed several times before finally passing in 2000. Hillsborough rejected a referendum to increase the sales tax by one penny in order to improve public transportation in 2010; Pinellas did the same last month. Kueth will be meeting with local leaders in Pinellas to discuss how light rail was able...

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A new LGBT welcome center opens in St. Petersburg listen

12/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: LGBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Rick Kriseman, Grand Central District, welcome center, Saint Petersburg


A new welcome center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents is opening Friday evening in St. Petersburg. It will be a gathering place for people who might not have many options of a safe place to go.

The new LGBT welcome center is housed in an early 20th century bungalow along the historic Grand Central District of Saint Petersburg. It’s only the 3rd of its kind in the US; Miami and Seatt...

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Abu Zubaydah's sister-in-law responds to his "sadistic" torture at hands of CIA listen

12/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Abu Zubaydah, torture, CIA, Guantanamo Bay, prison, waterboarding


In the summary of the U.S. Senate’s report on CIA torture the abuse of one prisoner is mentioned dozens of times; Zayn Abu Zubaydah was the first person the CIA disappeared into its secret prison network and the first subjected to a number of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which are generally considered torture. For example, he was waterboarded at least 83 times.

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Gambling on Bowling & Tempus Projects is 5 years old. listen

12/12/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Happy 5th birthday Tempus Projects! Art in Tampa in the 21st century. And interview with author Manzione about action bowling in NYC in the 60s, with gangsters and hustlers.

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Mark Sharpe on making Hillsborough County a better place to live (work & play, too) listen

12/11/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Mark Sharpe, Tampa Bay Rays, Senate Intelligence Committee

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe joined the program to talk about his new job working in the USF area, as well as major issues like baseball in Tampa, transportation and other quality of life issues. Oh, and we get his take on the Senate Intelligence report on torture as well.

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