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Interview with Frank Wilkinson, former director of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation

05/30/01
Alan Watts

He was one of the last people imprisoned for refusing to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He was asked to talk about integration in Los Angeles public housing in the 1950's. He was spied upon by the FBI for more than 30 years and also targeted for assassination by the government. Wilkinson learned of the extent of the surveillance after suing to get his FBI file released.

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Interview with John Gershman

05/25/01

Interview with John Gershman, Asia/Pacific editor of Foreign Policy In Focus and a research associate at the Institute for development Research. He discussed president Bush's proposed new arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.- China relations, multinational investment in China, human rights in China, most favored nation trading status, and the release of the 24 servicemen and women who landed on a Chinese island two weeks ago.

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Interview with Bill Carpenter of Tampa Area Soulforce

05/23/01
Alan Watts

The group is seeking to expand the St. Petersburg Human Rights Ordinance to include equal rights in housing and employment for gays/lesbians/bisexuals/transgender people.

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Interview with Larry Makinson, senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics

05/23/01

He analyzed the last two nights of fundraising by the GOP in Washington, D.C. Those events included a reception for political donors at the vice president's residence and a 254 million dollar gala dinner hosted by the GOP. Makison says both major parties are raising huge amounts of soft money from business interests who are seeking favorable legislation from Congress. FMI:Opensecrets

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Center for Economic and Policy Research

05/22/01

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (http://www.cepr.net) in Wasgington on the "payback" by the Bush II administration to political donors. Weisbrot says from the issue of energy policy to bankruptcy to drugs, the current administration has shown an inclination to favor policies that benefit their political donors.

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Interview with Ana Menendez

05/22/01

Interview with Ana Menendez, author of IN CUBA I WAS A GERMAN SHEPHERD (Grove Press). Her book of short stories explores the inner lives and aspirations of Cubans who have moved to the U.S. since the 1959 revolution.

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Alternative Health: The Life Puzzle

05/21/01

Dr. Carol Roberts' guest, discussed her books LIFE PUZZLE FOR TEENS and LIFEPUZZLE: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER. She described several areas that each individual needs to master before achieving wholeness. It's an ongoing process of developing body, mind and spirit.

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RESTORING VOTING RIGHTS FOR CONVICTED FELONS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR SENTENCES

05/17/01

About 500,000 people in Florida are convicted felons who have served their prison sentence. Under state law these felons have no civil rights, unless they make a personal appeal to the Governor and cabinet to have those rights restored. Of the 500,000, approximately one third are African Americans. Our guest today (Howard Simon, director of the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union) said the policy of denying voting rights is unconstitutional, racist, and akin to requiring lit...

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Privatizing Prisons?

05/16/01

The federal government is considering whether to locate a for-profit prison in Mulberry just east of Tampa. Ken Kopczynski of the Florida Police Benevolent Association and film maker Ashley Hunt (CORRECTIONS) described the impact for-profit prisons have on communities, local economic development and prisoners. They also discussed cases of conflict of interest in which academic supporters of privatization received compensation from the for-profit prison industry and cases where corrections ind...

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The Future of Wilderness Areas in the U.S.

05/15/01

interview with Charner Reese, Frank Jackalone and Jennifer Sullivan, all of whom are active in the local Sierra Club. They discussed the Bush administration's plans for oil, gas and mining in wilderness areas; the Bush energy policy; the views of labor and native people on the subject and the impact development, drilling and roadbuilding will have on three specific areas: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Everglades and the Southern Utah Wilderness Area.

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