Group Makes New Proposal to Save the Friendship Trail Bridge; and A Seattle Venture Capitalist Speaks Out Against Income Inequality

05/18/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’re going to talk with a group of people who have come up with a new plan to save the Friendship Trail Bridge which parallels the Gandy Bridge and which was for a few years a popular biking and hiking spot linking South Tampa with Pinellas County…..

The trail was closed in 2009—because the bridge was reportedly unsafe….And elected officials on both sides of the Bay said there was not enough money to shore up the bridge….Engineers hired by Hillsborough and Republican counties said the bridge was deteriorating so much that it had to be torn down…

A group of young professionals says not only can the Friendship Trail Bridge be saved, but it can be transformed into an iconic link between Hills­borough and Pinellas counties.

Our guests are member of the group- Julia Gorzka Freeman and Alan Snel. Friendship Trail Bridge

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We'll play a video that was for a time banned from the TED web site. As Raw Story reported yesterday: "TED Talks, a group that promotes some of the world’s greatest thinkers in a traveling presentation series, recently refused to publish a “controversial” examination of income inequality in societies, even though the group featured a relatively similar speech several months before the “Occupy Wall Street” protests flared up in 2011.

TED Talks curator Chris Anderson said a talk given in March by multimillionaire Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer was “one of the most politically controversial talks we’ve ever run,” according to emails obtained by National Journal reporter Jim Tankersley.

In the speech — which included a series of slides — Hanauer explained where the true wealth of market societies lies, saying that he’s confident rich people do not create jobs, and neither do businesses." Speech here

We'll here the speech and then take your phone calls for comment.

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