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LISTENER COMMENTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

01/21/04

On this show excerpts from the President's State of the Union Address were played and listeners were invited to call in their responses. The excerpts played included the President's position on the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, tax cuts, the search for weapons of mass destruction, and immigration reform.

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VETERANS FOR PEACE

01/21/04

Our guests today were Vietnam combat veterans, Dave Cline and Fredy Champagne. Dave won a Purple Heart for wounds he received in combat. Fredy was born in Tampa and attended USF. Their experience in Vietnam led them to reject militarism as a tool of U.S. foreign policy. They are especially critical of the U.S. decision to invade Iraq and of the treatment reservists receive in Iraq. They also say that once veterans return home from combat they frequently receive poor treatment by the federal g...

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DAVID CAY JOHNSTON ON TAX SYSTEM ABUSES

01/20/04

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, author of PERFECTLY LEGAL: The Covert Campaign To Rig Our Tax System To Benefit The Super Rich And Cheat Everybody Else (Portfolio). David Cay Johnston, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his investigative reporting, has devoted the past nine years to exposing inequities in the U.S. tax code endorsed by the Reagan, Clinton and Bush administrations. Among his findings: * The poor are more likely than the rich to have their tax returns audited. * Tax breaks allow bus...

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ELECTION REFORM ACTIVIST GRANNY D.

01/20/04

Dorris "Granny D" Haddock is the Dublin, N.H., native who gained fame when she walked from California to Washington, D.C., in 2000 to press the need for campaign reform. As part of her "Our Town Votes Project," Granny D is traveling around the country until the November 2004 election to register voters. She's spending time in Florida now and in February to register new voters, especially single women.

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REDEVELOPMENT OF TAMPA'S CENTRAL PARK AREA

01/16/04

The Tampa Housing Authority’s board met this morning to discuss plans for redevelopment of Tampa’s Central Park area. The meeting followed last night’s decision at a special meeting of the Hillsborough County Commission to reject a controversial and sweeping redevelopment project proposed by developer Ed Turanchiks’s Civitas company and the City of Tampa.

Cut #1 short Michelle Patty

Hillsborough County resident Michelle Patty attended the meeting express...

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UNDER SIEGE: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN A POST 9/11 WORLD

01/15/04

This weekend a conference will be held in Clearwater bringing religious, human rights and law enforcement leaders to discuss issues in religious freedom. Our guests, Dr. Roy Kaplan of the local chapter of the National Conference of Communities and Justice and Rev. Abhi Janamanchi of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Clearwater discussed the need for more tolerance, understanding and cooperation between people of different religious faiths.

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THE IMPRISONMENT OF DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN

01/14/04

Al-Arian is a former University of South Florida computer sciences professor indicted on federal charges of directing the North American operations of and fundraising for a terrorist group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He is currently being held at the Coleman federal prison, 70 miles north of Tampa, awaiting trial. His co-counsel, Linda Moreno, appeared on the show today describing how unusual it is for a defendant, awaiting trial, to be held in a federal prison. She described the conditions o...

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THE NEW RUTHLESS ECONOMY

01/13/04

Our guest, Simon Head, is the author of a new book titled, THE NEW RUTHLESS ECONOMY: Work and Power in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press). Booklist calls The New Ruthless Economy, "a provocative call for the rehumanization of business and society, revolting against the impact of reengineering and massive information technology systems." Timed bathroom breaks, scripted replies to customer inquiries, and little to no reward for increases in productivity, are all considered results of ...

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A LABOR PERSPECTIVE ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S IMMIGRATION REFORM PLANS

01/13/04

Monica Russo is president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 in South Florida. She says agrees with President Bush that something needs to be done to recognize the contributions that undocumented immigrants are making to our society. But she also says the President's plan amounts to nothing more than a continuation of guest worker programs of the past. She says what workers need are some job protection from employers who use immigrant worker's lack of documents and she wa...

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ONE GAY MAN MISSING, ANOTHER DEAD - Farhad Sabet

01/12/04

A body found in a car last Tuesday in the parking lot of an apartment complex off Memorial Highway was identified as 26-year-old Michael Wachholtz. Michael who was found wrapped in a sheet in the back of his Jeep Cherokee was one of two gay men who have been missing since Dec. 20. The other person, Jason Gailhouse has been missing for over three weeks now Last Saturday afternoon, members of the Gay Community in Tampa held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss their concern about whether these even...

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