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Former senator Bob Graham and independent journalists claim Saudi ties to Sept.11 attacks listen

04/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: September 11, Saudi Arabia, Bob Graham, terrorism, Russ Baker, investigative journalism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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This week the New York times reported on former Florida Senator Bob Graham's pursuit to reveal Saudi Arabia's link to the 9/11 hijackers. Graham has called for the federal government to make public 28 classified pages of the 9/11 commission report, which he claims conceals a tie between the hijackers and a Saudi family that hastily left their Sarasota home days before ...

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freeFall Theatre's Harvey & Kirk Ke Wang on Why Art?

04/17/15 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: freeFall Theater, Kirk Ke Wang, Art, theater, China

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The classic play Harvey explores, in a silly and funny way, how we treat people who are odd. freeFall theatre's production refreshes the classic.

Kirk Ke Wang travels frequently between his birth country, China, and his home, Tampa. His work reflects the multiple strands of our multicultural lives. He will be doing a talk Saturday night (4/18/15) at the St.Pete Opera Company in conjunction with his art show, Yes & No.

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5 years later, effects from the BP oil spill still felt in the Gulf today

04/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)

Tags: BP oil spill, pollution, Gulf of Mexico, Raleigh Hoke, Gulf Restoration Network, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Monday is the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill that devastated The Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems and the coastal economies that depended on them. Raleigh Hoke of the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental coalition focused on the continued clean-up of the Gulf, says that despite what BP would like the public to think, there are still lingering effects of the oil spill on the Gulf waters today. The Network will be organizing a series of protests and events over the weekend leading up to t...

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Should law enforcement departments keep the spoils from seized money and property? listen

04/16/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: police, Florida, Florida Legislature, Jeff Brandes, Arthenia Joyner, Joe Negron

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A Florida Senate committee is considering a bill by St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes to direct money and property seized by police to charities instead of to the law enforcement agency itself.

Thursday morning in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Republican Senator Joe Negron supported Brandes’ bill.

An amendment by Tampa Democratic Senator Arthenia Joyner attempted to keep seized assets in the hands of law enforcement.

Br...

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New pesticides pose risks to environment and farmworkers

04/15/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Jeannie Economos, Farmworker Association of Florida, Round-up, Paladin, Methyl Bromide, National Pesticide Forum, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Jeannie Economos, pesticide safety coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, discusses the environmental and health effects of heavy pesticides in agriculture and residential use. Economos names herbicide glyphosate, commercially known as Roundup, as a particularly toxic offender that has been linked to groundwater contamination and health problems in humans. She also points out new fumigant Paladin, which contains ozone-depleting chemical Methyl Bromide, that has led to [numerou...

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Florida Senate committee advances abortion waiting period bill listen

04/15/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: abortion, Florida Legislature, choice, women's issues, NOW

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A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would require women seeking an abortion to wait 24-hours; the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment by Tampa Senator Arthenia Joyner (D) that would have waived the waiting period in cases like rape or incest. Democratic Senator Darren Soto questioned the bill’s sponsor, Republican Anitere Flores, about the constitutionality of the waiting period.

Like in a previous committee stop, time constraints led to many members of t...

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Workers strike and rally in St. Petersburg demanding higher minimum wage listen

04/15/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: wages, fight for $15, Saint Petersburg, Darden Rice, Burger King, wage theft, City Council, workers, fast food

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Food food workers, home health care workers, adjunct professors and many other types of workers walked off the job today in St. Petersburg and around the country. The Fight for $15 movement, advocating a $15 an hour minimum wage, took their grievance to the steps of Saint Pete City Hall.

Fast food workers at Burger King started the day long events in South Saint Petersburg by walking out at 6 this morning. The grassroots organization, Fight for $15, four hours late...

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War tax refusers redirect money to civil improvement, and corporations that pay next to nothing in taxes listen

04/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: taxes, Bill Ramsey, war tax refuser, Conscience and Military Tax Campaign Escrow Fund, tax avoidance, Taxes are for Suckers, wmnf, Rob Lorei

On this April 15 edition of Radioactivity, we talk about taxes.

Bill Ramsey is an anti-war activist and war tax refuser, one who rejects paying the federal income tax in protest of the use of those funds in military and war efforts . He has participated in peace and social justice movements since the Vietnam War. He has resisted the war tax for just as long, an act that had once landed him in jail for 30 days. Today he works for [Conscience and Military Tax Campaign Escrow Fund](http://n...

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Report: offshore banking by big business puts the tax burden on the rest of us listen

04/15/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: taxes, Tax haven, multinationals, offshore, banking, big business, small business

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A couple loopholes are closing for US multinationals and other big businesses who hold their money in offshore tax havens. Tuesday afternoon at a conference in St Pete a report was released in which companies in the US, particularly Florida, are the beneficiaries these and other corporate tax breaks. A group of small business owners are fed up with big business tax breaks.

The report claims that the US loses roughly $110 billion in tax revenue because of offshore banking by large corporati...

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Author Valerie Sperling discuss the sexuality and gender politics of Vladimir Putin's regime

04/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Vladimir Putin, Russia, gender, Feminism, homophobia, Valerie Sperling, Clark University, Thom Hartmann, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, corruption, police brutality, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we speak with Clark University political science professor Valerie Sperling. She is the author of Sex, Politics, and Putin, which explores the gender politics of Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia and how he leverages stereotypical concepts of masculinity to legitimize his power. This includes images of Putin as a rugged outdoorsman, a fearless firefighter, and object of adoration...

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