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FREE TRADE RALLY

11/06/03

John Howes of the Green Party, spoken word activist Empress Carrins and Chris Kern of AFSCME join Rob to discuss a rally and march on Saturday, November 15 from noon-3PM at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Activist, Starhawk will be the keynote speaker. The rally is to prepare for the November 20-21 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Miami.

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MEDICARE RX BILL

11/06/03

Rob is joined by Phil Compton of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN), and Alan Sager, co-director of the Health Reform Program at Boston University's School of Public Health in a discussion about the Medicare Rx Drug bill in Congress. The bill would make a number of changes - including higher costs, ending Medicare Guarantee and beginning privitization.

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FLORIDA POLITICS

11/05/03

St.Petersburg Times columnist Diane Roberts and Tampa Tribune columnist Dan Ruth join Rob to talk about Florida politics. The two will be appearing at the Florida Center for Teachers in St. Petersburg on Sunday, November 9 from 4:00-6:00PM.

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HOWARD DEAN - Kim Farley

11/05/03

Last night Howard Dean supporters staged flash mobs around the country. On three street corners in Pinellas County, Dean supporters held signs proclaiming Howard Dean as the one to vote for in the next presidential election. WMNF’s Kim Farley reports.

The event was termed “End the Stupor Tuesday.� Tom Lally, chairman for the Pinellas for Dean steering committee explains the purpose for the event. (SB 1, OQ …make a change in the United States)

Supporters stood...

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FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

11/04/03

Crystal Pruitt and Francis Feeney joins Rob in a discussion on Pinellas County's First Time Homebuyers Program for low income people. The program provides a low rate as well as a 4% grant of the loan amount to assist with closing costs and down payments.

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SOLDIERS OVERSEAS

11/04/03

Rob interviews Jari Sheese, the wife of a soldier stationed in Iraq. She says that although at one time her husband felt the U.S. was doing good there, this is no longer the case. He says that everything is orchestrated; when politicians come they meet with soldiers who just got there, so they don't get a real assessment of how demoralized the soldiers are.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VIGIL - Kimberley Farley

10/29/03

Last night at Ben Davis Beach a candlelight vigil was held in support of victims of domestic violence. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Million Mom March and the Florida Consumer Action Network organized the event. WMNF’s Kimberley Farley reports.

Although it was a windy night and difficult to keep any candles lit, the message of the vigil still shined through.

Coming at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the organizers hoped the vigil would draw attention to the natio...

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THE MOVEMENT AGAINST CORPORATE GLOBALIZATION

10/28/03

November 17-21 in Miami, trade ministers from throughout the Americas will meet in Miami to work on expanding so called "free trade" agreements throughout North and South America. Activists representing labor, farm and environmental groups will also be there to protest the lack of protections in the FREE TRADE AGREEMENT OF THE AMERICAS (FTAA). Our guest, Starhawk, will be taking part in non-violent, peaceful protests against the FTAA. She is the author or coauthor of nine books, including The...

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HOMELESS COALITION CENSUS

10/28/03

The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County will conduct a census to determine the number and needs of the homeless in the county. Volunteer teams of will hit the streets, shelters, hospitals and meal programs on Thursday, October 30, to undertake this effort.

Rayme Nuckles is the Chief Executive Officer of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. He said that the number of Hillsborough’s homeless increased by 11% from 2001 to 2002, and said that, based on discussions with s...

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THE MIND OF THE SOUL

10/27/03

Rob and Dr. Carol Roberts talk with Author Gary Zukav & Linda Francis about their new book "The Mind of the Soul, and how soul and spirit are connected to our physical health.

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