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Here's why you should care about the health of the Gulf of Mexico listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Gulf of Mexico, environment, Florida, fishing, beaches, BP oil spill

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Most people look out at the sparkly blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and figure it’s perfectly healthy. But Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s center for environmental science says there are plenty of reasons to worry.

“For example, the whole water system in terms of the water that evaporates and comes back down in rain – it removes about 2/3 of the carbon dioxide that we produce excessively.”

A White House climate change report released earlier this year shows that...

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From a Woman's POV explores same sex equality, rape culture and economic feminism listen

06/12/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: SOFIA RESNICK, ELIZABETH B., KATHLEEN GEIER, Rape victims, economic IQ, same sex equality

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Before you pop the champagne corks for same sex equality, be warned that many are digging in to defend marriage as they know it. Their rallying cry is “This is the same as 1972” which was the year before Roe v. Wade. SOFIA RESNICK, an investigative reporter for RH Reality Check has uncovered abuse and exposed religious influence on academic research and ...

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Florida Legislature passes resolution for new US Constitutional Convention listen

06/12/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: US Constitutional Convention, Lou Virelli

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The Florida Legislature passed a resolution this past session calling for new US Constitutional Convention. The resolution was signed by the Governor last week. Today on Radioactvity, Rob Lorei discusses this issue with Lou Virelli, a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.

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Surge of Syrian refugees to U.S. could pick up in late 2015 listen

06/12/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: World Refugee Day, Syria, Iraq, Department of State, immigration

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Nearly 30,000 refugees come into Florida every year from countries all over the world.

With ongoing violence in Syria, Simon Henshaw from the State Department says very few Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S., but that’s about to change.

“We have pledged to take a significant number and we will start interviewing Syrian refugees soon. But it takes about 18-24 months for someone to run through our system. So, we will not, as a country, see a significant amount of Syrian refugees c...

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Pinellas beaches to get a sandy facelift listen

06/11/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: treasure island, Pinellas County, beach, US Army Corps of Engineers, nourishment, sand, erosion, sea turtle, easement

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Some Pinellas County beaches are scheduled to get another facelift this summer. During an information session Tuesday night at city hall, Treasure Island citizens were enthusiastic about the beach renourishment but they still have some concerns.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and Tropical storm Debby, Pinellas beaches took a beating. Ten million dollars in federal emergency funds has been earmarked to pump fres...

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Stiffing the Rolling Stones listen

06/11/14 Warren Elly with Walt Belcher
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Rolling Stones, beatles, Walt Belcher

Today on the Last Call, Warren Elly speaks with journalist Walt Belcher about the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones.

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Florida Governor's wife, Ann Scott, supports lack of action on Medicaid expansion listen

06/11/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ann Scott, Florida, governor, Rick Scott, Medicaid, Tampa General Hospital

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The governor’s wife, Ann Scott, doesn’t express her own opinion on Medicaid expansion.

In 2013, Governor Scott said he supported expansion of the federal Medicaid program in Florida. But so far the state has not accepted the 51 billion federal dollars

The SEIU, or the Service Employees International Union, recently estimated that 720,000 Floridians are not covered between the current Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday afternoon, WMNF asked Scott what she th...

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Tampa takes part in World Refugee Day listen

06/11/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: World Refugee Day, Tampa Bay Area Refugee Task Force

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On any given day in the world, some 14 million people are refugees around the world- fleeing from wars, ethnic tension, natural disasters, political repression and severe economic conditions. Tomorrow in Tampa and around the world non-governmental organizations will mark World Refugee Day. Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks to two people who are involved in the local event. Greg Musselman, Community Outreach Coordinator Refugee Resettlement Program discusses refugee resettlement in Fl...

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Brazil braces for social justice protests ahead of World Cup soccer tournament listen

06/11/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Brazil, World Cup, neoliberalism, Dave Zirin, Sports

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The most popular sport in the world begins its most important international tournament this month when Brazil hosts the World Cup. But it's not going to only be celebrations of the beautiful game -- social justice protests are sure to continue.

WMNF interviewed Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, about his new book: [Brazil's Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy](http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Bra...

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East Tampa showing signs of improvement listen

06/10/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: CDC of Tampa, Corporation to Develop Communities, East Tampa, poverty, blight, economic development

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East Tampa is one of the city’s most impoverished areas. A group formed in the early 90’s is trying to change that. Leaders with the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa took volunteers on a tour Tuesday showcasing its accomplishments. Several former and current participants in youth programs talked about the changes it made to their lives.

“I was given hope which I really needed at that point in my life.”

That’s Maria Del Mar Rodriguez.

“I was able to get my own place. I f...

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