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THE EMERGING DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY

12/12/02

THE EMERGING DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY (Scribner). In this new book authors Ruy Teixeira and John Judis look at the trends which they say point to a political re-alignment in the United States with the Democratic Party emerging as the dominant force in politics. Our guest, Teixeira, is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. He says that women, white-collar professionals, African Americans, Latinos and union members will make up the grassroots of this coalition. He posits that the GOP's reliance...

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CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE MOVE TO STOP THE WAR WITH IRAQ

12/11/02

Bill Rose, a Tampa retiree and John Worrell of Brimfield, Massachussetts have just returned from a November fact-finding mission to Iraq. Members of the group, Christian Peacemakers, they found the country's medical and sanitation infrastructure decimated by the embargo against that country. They were joined by Jay Alexander of St. Petersburg who is one of the leaders in a movement to try to get the St. Petersburg City Council to pass a resolution against the United States taking unilateral ...

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THE WAR RESISTER'S LEAGUE

12/10/02

John Miller, a staff person at the WRL, one of the nation's oldest, continuous peace groups joined us for a discussion about the possibility of war with Iraq, the cost of wars, and alternatives to military action.

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WHERE DID THE BODIES GO FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR?

12/09/02

Our guest, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Patrick Sloyan reported about the Gulf War for Newsday in the early 1990s. He said that war was unusually bloodless - if you were a news consumer in the United States. He says that the Pentagon and the Bush administration made a concerted effort to keep reporters from the front lines of the war. Sloyan says roadblocks were put up to prevent journalists from depicting casualties on either side. In fact, he says that there is much evidence that thous...

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DO SOME EMPLOYERS STEER UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS TO PURCHASE ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS?

12/05/02

Our guest, Bill Lemus, is an organizer with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers. He says that a subcontractor at local utility companies hire undocumented workers from Latin America and Mexico. Lemus says the workers are told where to pick up phony social security cards and other employment-related documents in Alabama and Georgia. The workers then return to the Tampa Bay area, where they are given dangerous jobs working at power plants. Lemus says ...

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

12/04/02

The Tampa Bay Chapter of AI is celebrating International Human Rights Day this Sunday by holding a benefit concert at Skipper's Smokehouse. A spokesperson for the local chapter, Theresa Goodman, joined us for a discussion about the history of AI, its goals, and some of the activities the local group is engaged in.

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SEXUAL ABUSE IN RELIGIOUS GROUPS AND DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE MILITARY

12/03/02

Dr. Marie Fortune is founder and senior analyst at the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She discussed the dimensions of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests as well as how widespread the problem is in other religions. She also discussed the recent rash of domestic murders by soldiers returning from service overseas.

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HENRY KISSINGER: THE RIGHT MAN TO INVESTIGATE 9/11?

12/03/02

Our guest, investigative reporter Scott Armstrong has been following Kissinger's career since the early 1970s. Armstrong is a former Senate Watergate committee staff member as well as the founder of the National Security Archive. He says that Kissinger has been involved in secrecy and cover-ups in the past and that it's unlikely that the former Nixon advisor will break with that pattern.

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YOGA, TAI CHI AND QUIGONG

12/02/02

Our guests, Nikki Rood and Roger Millen, are practitioners of yoga and tai chi respectively.

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THE NEW FREEDOM BUS TOUR

11/26/02

A multi-racial group of activists is holding a series of actions in St. Petersburg today, seeking people who are homeless, trapped in low-paying jobs and living in substandard housing. The groups (the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, the Tampa Bay Action Group, and the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers) say that the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for all people to have the basics of living. The bus tour is a way of highlighting the fact that many Americans do not have acces...

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