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CONSERVATIVE INTIMIDATION OF PEACE GROUPS?

11/19/02

Bruce Gagnon runs the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space. The small Gainesville-based peace group recently received a letter from the Center for Security Policy, a pro-SDI group based in Washington, DC. The letter demanded the peace group's financial records. Not only was the Gainesville group contacted, the CSP also contacted several other peace organizations around the country. Gagnon says this is an example of pro-military groups trying to intimidate non-violent acti...

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RADICAL HEALING WITH DR. RUDY BALLENTINE, M.D.

11/18/02

In this program Ballentine discussed his recent interest in connecting the healing of the planet with healing humans. He said environmental damage to the earth is the equivalent of human disease.

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REMOTE CONTROLLED LOCOMOTIVES

11/14/02

The federal agency in charge of rail safety has given the industry the go-ahead to allow locomotives to be operated by remote control. Right now most of that activity is legal in train yards, but the industry would like to see the program expanded. Our guest, Dave Lavery is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. His union says that remote controlled trains are dangerous because there is no operator in the cab. Lavery says that trains frequently carry ammonia, chlorine and other ...

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VANDALISM AT THE NEW LINCOLN BRIGADE MEMORIAL IN YBOR CITY

11/13/02

More than 20 people from Ybor City volunteered to fight against fascism and for Spain's democratically elected government in the late 1930s. Known as the Lincoln Brigade, 2800 men and women from this country participated in the fight. One of just a few memorials in the U.S. to these veterans was just constructed in Tampa's Ybor City. The site was vandalized just a few days after it was erected. Our guest, historian Fraser Ottanelli, is a professor at the University of South Florida who has wr...

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STUDENT ACTIVISTS RESPOND TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HAITIANS AND OTHER UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

11/13/02

Haitians and other non-Cuban immigrants are discriminated against by the federal government, according to our guests, members of several campus organizations at USF Tampa. While undocumented Cuban immigrants are routinely granted asylum here, residents of other Latin American and Caribbean nations who flee undemocratic governments or failing economies are routinely sent back. Our guests were Urvick St. Jean, President of the Black Student Union at USF, Esque Dollar BSU Political Action Chair,...

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ENVIRONMENTAL OPPOSITION TO THE FT. HAMER BRIDGE

11/12/02

The state is proposing that a bridge be built across the Manatee River in Eastern Manatee County, at a cost of 70 million dollars. Nearby residents and some environmental groups say the proposed six-lane bridge will encourage rampant development and forever change the ecosystem and the quality of life in that part of the county. For that reason there is widespread opposition to the project. Phil Compton and Jonno Miller of the Sierra Club were the guests on this program.

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THREATS TO AMERICA'S GROUNDWATER RESOURCES

11/07/02

Our guest Robert Glennon is the author of a new book called WATER FOLLIES (Island Press) in which he says that overpumping of our natural aquifers is creating an impending environmental disaster. Glennon, a law professor at the University of Arizona, says too much water is being taken from the aquifer and that the consequences are pollution of groundwater, lowering of the water table, dry lake and river beds, and sinkholes. In addition, private companies are buying up water rights to re-sell ...

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ELECTIONS

11/06/02

Open phones to discuss the widespread GOP victory in yesterday's election.

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THE POLITICAL CLIMATE

11/05/02

This past Saturday seven people were arrested for peacefully holding signs and protesting the visit of President George W. Bush to the USF Sundome in Tampa. Our guests were three of the people arrested: Joe Redner, Jeff Marks, and Adam Elend. The trio says they were told they were being arrested for "trespassing on private property", yet they were on the publicly-owned campus of the University of South Florida.

In addition, this program featured an interview with Nova Morgan, a poll train...

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CORPORATE SCANDALS

10/31/02

The state of Florida pension fund lost hundreds of millions of dollars after managers invested employee pension funds in Enron. Corporate scandals have taken money directly out of the pockets of millions of Americans. The Institute for America’s Future has found that individual retirement accounts have lost over $175 billion. American Family Voices has determined that public pension funds across America have lost at least $6.4 billion. And over one million workers have lost their jo...

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