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Head of Florida teachers union criticizes state education budget listen

06/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday

Tags: education, Andy Ford, Florida, Rick Scott, FEA, unions, teachers, Florida Educaiton Association


The state budget that was signed into law last week by Governor Rick Scott included a slight increase in funding for education; but many school advocates say it’s not enough.

WMNF interviewed Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association -- the state’s largest teachers union.

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Over the rainbow: St. Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade listen

06/29/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, Rick Kriseman, St Pete, Saint Petersburg, Steve Kornell, same-sex, marriage, Supreme Court, Dwight Dudley, parade, Pride, ENDA, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Caitlyn Jenner


Size and significance matter in this year's Saint Petersburg LGBT Pride Parade. Last Saturday At dusk tens of thousands of supporters lined the crowed sidewalks along the Grand Central district route. Celebrating an end to years of struggle was top of mind but also realizing the struggle still isn't over.

On the heels of several Supreme Court decisions, the LBGT Pride parade capped off a historically progressive week. The Confederate Flag has fallen into disfavor and been taken down; Obam...

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USDA program helps families build their own homes, and journalist Tony Ortega's latest book on Scientology

06/26/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: USDA, Self Help Housing Program, Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Florida Home Partnership, affordable housing, Ruskin, Hillsborough, Pasco, Tony Ortega, scientology, Mike Rinder, Paulette Cooper, Clearwater, wmnf, Rob Lorei


June is national homeownership month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the USDA Self-Help Housing Program, which helps families build their own homes through local partnerships. Over the years the program help build nearly 50,000 affordable homes for many low income and minority families in rural communities. Today we talk with Earl Allen Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Florida Home Partnership, one of the two affordable housing organizations that works with t...

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Pasco WWII vet mustard gassed by U.S. experiments still waiting on VA benefits listen

06/26/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: military, Bill Nelson, Navy, mustard gas, veteran, VA, Florida, npr, World War, benefits


American service members who were exposed to toxic mustard gas during secret testing by the U.S. military during World War II have developed severe physiological ailments. An NPR investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has not lived up to a promise to compensate the 4,000 men subjected to the most extreme tests. Here is the story of a Pasco County man who says he was exposed and is not getting medical treatment from the government.

John Tedesco and his wife share a home in S...

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SCOTUS ruling: Bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional listen

06/26/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: LGBT, Gay Pride, equality, marriage equality, SCOTUS


Huge news coming out of Washington today representing a major with for same-sex marriage and LGBT allies. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court officially paved the way for same-sex marriages nationwide, ruling that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Justices answered two questions. First, does the 14th Amendment require states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and then, does that same amendment require a state to recognize legally valid same-sex marriages perform...

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Tampa activists call attention to plight of hunger striking Palestinian listen

06/26/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Khader Adnan, Palestine, Israel, hunger strike, Red Cross, Tampa, Dezeray Lyn, Bettejo Indelicato, Jimmy Dunson


The health Palestinian Khader Adnan is in danger as he is hunger striking to protest being held in an Israeli jail.

About a dozen activists protested outside a human rights organization in Tampa Thursday afternoon to draw attention to the prisoner.

Local activists gathered outside the Tampa Red Cross building Thur...

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Florida historian says confederate inspired state flag needs to go

06/25/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: kathy castor, Confederate flag, TD Allman, Florida history, State Flag of Florida, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Since last week's tragic shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers at the hands of an alleged white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been growing outcry over public representations of the confederacy. Recently Representative Kathy Castor called for the statue of a confederate general to be removed from Florida's section of the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Today we talk to Florida historian and author TD Allman, who says that the State Flag of Florida is a refashioned...

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The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan addresses corporate money in political campaigning

06/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: The Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Anita Stewart, Green Party, Move To Amend, Citizens United, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we have the latest installment of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate show hosted and produced with Jennifer Sullivan. This edition discusses the validity and ethics of private money in political campaigning. Joining Sullivan today is Anita Stewart, Host of Wise Women Radio and former member of the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conser­vation Board.

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Despite public outcry, confederate history group will continue to fly flag in Hillsborough

06/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Henry Beard, Christopher Chef, Spinglish, Amendment 1, Florida Wildlife Federation, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, David Guest, EarthJustice, Sons of Confederate Veterans, David McAllister


We kick off today's Radioactivity with Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf, two comedy writers who recently penned the book Spinglish:a dictionary of deliberately deceptive language, a humorous 'dictionary' of misleading phrases and euphemisms in business, politics, art and sports. both Beard and Cerf were involved in the National Lampoon, a pioneering humor magazine, in the 1970's.

Then we look at the lawsuit filed yesterday by three Florida conservation groups over what they see is a misa...

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Listeners weigh in on Confederate flags and St. Pete's history of lynching listen

06/22/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Confederate flag, St. Petersburg, Charleston, guns, Race, racism, Lynching, wmnf, WMNF News


On this episode of MidPoint we aired WMNF reporter Samuel Johnson's new report on the history of lynching in St. Petersburg. It's called Historical amnesia about lynching in St. Petersburg: the John Evans plaque. Listeners weighed in on that, on the shooting in Charleston and the Confederate battle flags that fly on the grounds o...

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