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We look at the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, and approaches to the War on Terror

01/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Oscars, Bill O'Reilly, war on terror, Paris, Texas, guns


Today on Radioactivity, we listen to several sound clips from today's news addressing the lack of diversity within the Oscar nominations and Bill O'Reilly solution to how America should deal with Islamic extremists. We also listen to a report from a Dallas CBS station about a Texas gun group that conducted a reenactment last week's terror attack in Pari...

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Words Words Words

01/16/15 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Erin McKean wants you to make up words Shane Koyczan knows words can bring injuries or comfort Billy Collins shapes how we write and listen.

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Ali Abunimah weighs in on Paris attacks aftermath

01/16/15 Samar Jarrah
True Talk
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Tags: Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Palestine, Israel, Paris, Charlie Hebdo


Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah was the guest for the hour on True Talk.

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CAIR's Hassan Shibley on the Paris terrorist attack: Terrorism, or Islamic terrorism? listen

01/15/15 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Hassan Shibley, CAIR, Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis

Twelve people were killed last week at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. The satirical magazine was known for its controversial cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.

Joining us to talk about the ramifications of this terrorist attack was Hassan Shibley, executive director with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We asked Hassan if he agreed with Pop Francis, who said today that "religious freedom and freedom of expression sre fundamental human rights. But they are a...

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Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete listen

01/15/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Cornel West, Barack Obama, drones, police, violence, Ferguson, black, Media, Saint Petersburg, protest, funk


Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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Former WFLA-AM host and sports announcer Mark Beiro to join WMNF News hosts on Tuesdays

01/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Mark Beiro, wmnf, WFLA-AM, Tampa


Next week marks the beginning of a new programming schedule here at WMNF and this includes a new lunchtime spot for national and local news. Many familiar hosts will remain but Tuesdays will have a rotating cast of hosts including Mark Beiro, who joins us this morning on Radioactivity. Beiro hosted a show on WFLA-AM for years and also worked as sports announcer on the local and national boxing and Jai Alai circuits. Today he shares stories from his career and upbringing in West Tampa.

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The Fairness Doctrine with Jennifer Sullivan, and the Resignation of FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey

01/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, food labeling, Dan Platt, Kriz Partridge, Gerald Bailey


We start off today's Radioactivity with the third episode of The Fairness Doctrine, a debate-style segment hosted and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. The topic of debate:Why shouldn't all ingredients be prominently labeled in our food, drink and medicines? Taking their respective sides for and against labeling are New York Occupy Movement activist Dan Platt and Kriz Partridge of Bee Against Monsanto Tampa. We then open up the phone lines to listeners to discuss GMO labeling,the recent ousting ...

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USF students purchase billboard challenging university's "investments in Israeli apartheid" listen

01/14/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SJP, USF, Tampa, University of South Florida, Palestine, Israel, human rights, BDS


USF students supporting human rights in Palestine have sparked a controversy by purchasing a billboard near the Tampa campus criticizing the university’s foundation for ignoring their petition to divest from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.

During a meeting last May the USF Foundation quickly rejected a proposal by Students for Justice in Palestine at USF that was supported by the signa...

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Tampa Bay activists will demonstrate against this week's planned execution in Florida listen

01/13/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Death penalty, Pax Christi, John Stewart, FADP


Florida plans on executing a death-row inmate this week. But anti-death penalty groups are asking for a stay on the execution, which would be the 21st under Governor Rick Scott’s watch.

Tuesday WMNF News interviewed John Stewart -- a member of Pax Christi Tampa Bay and Peace First -- about local demonstrations.

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A NOVA interview with Edward Snowden on cyber attacks, and a local man's struggle towards legal status. listen

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Central Command, Edward Snowden, cyberattacks, NOVA, Jose Godinez Samnperio, immigration


In the wake of Central Command's twitter account hacked by a group allegedly tied to ISIS, we listen to an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about cyber warfare, from an upcoming episode of PBS's NOVA science documentary series. We then hear the story of Jose Godinez Samnperio, a Largo resident who recounts his struggle to attend college and gain citizenship since he was illegally brought to U.S. as a child.

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