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Jane Goodall surprises elementary students with a talk at USF’s Botanical Gardens listen

09/09/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Jane Goodall, chimpanzee, apes, USF, University of South Florida, Africa, The Everglades, Roots and Shoots, environment

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A scientist famous for studying primates is speaking Tuesday night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But Tuesday morning elementary students were treated to a surprise talk from Jane Goodall at USF’s Botanical Gardens. Goodall emphasized the importance of naturalists and scientists and protecting the Everglades, but first she started off with an ape greeting.

More than 100 children and USF students gathered under the shade of a sprawling oak tree to hear [Jane Goodall](http://w...

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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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Thursday St. Pete City Council could become first city to favor conflict-free products

09/21/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today we are going to talk about conflict minerals – natural resources that are extracted from war zones and the funds that come from their export perpetuating wars and atrocities, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a moment we’ll hear from an Eckerd College Student, Samantha Fenwick and St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell about an effort to get [St. Petersburg to be a pioneer city in purchasing electronics that are conflict-free](http://www.stpete.org...

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Students from Rwanda's Akilah Institute for Women take calls from Tampa Bay listeners

09/14/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We had three guests in our studio. They’re from the Akilah Institute for Women. It’s a college for young women in Kigali, Rwanda.

We were joined by two students: Allen Kazirwa and Noella Abijuru, and by Akilah’s founder, Tampa native Elizabeth Dearborn Davis.

They're in Tampa as part of their Metropolitan Safari tour of the United States.

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Child slavery - a secret ingredient in Valentine's Day chocolates? listen

02/11/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As Valentine’s Day looms, those who celebrate it may venture into a supermarket and pick up a heart-shaped cardboard box of chocolates. Most chocolate enthusiasts probably don’t know there’s a brutal side to those little sweets that have become so synonymous with love this time of year. Human trafficking plays a key role in the multi-billion dollar cocoa industry, but there’s little will on the part of corporations to do anything about it.

The 50 million pounds of chocolate America...

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The Plight and Promise of Africa

12/27/10 Produced by Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Plight and Promise of Africa was an educational and global awareness initiative of Eckerd College in 2010.

Throughout the year WMNF reported on various lectures and community events that were a part of the college’s initiative.

Alizza Punzalan-Hall is the director of Community and media relations and co-chair of The Plight and Promise of Africa.

"Throughout the year we will be talking about Darfur in Sudan, the crisis and genocide, child soldiers in Uganda, sexual violence...

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Book chronicles efforts to save injured and orphaned animals in Africa listen

12/01/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Africa is known for its herds of wild animals – but many of them are endangered because of hunting, habitat destruction, and climate change.

WMNF spoke with an author who visited a wildlife foundation in Namibia that rescues injured and orphaned animals. Barbara Bennett is professor of English at North Carolina State University. Her book about the experience and the family that runs the Harnas Wildlife Foundation is called “Soul of a Lion – One Woman’s Qu...

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Students from Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda tour Tampa listen

09/29/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Tampa native is helping to educate women in war-torn Rwanda. Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, the co-founder and CEO of the Akilah Institue for Women, has brought two of her students to the United States to tell people about Akilah. Anita Umutoni is a student at the Akilah Istitute for Women.

Rwandans study French in grade school, but are learning English at the Akilah Institute for Women.

Because of her training at Akilah, Anita Umutoni is able to work as a re...

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Day in Solidarity with African People in St. Petersburg listen

09/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow the African People’s Solidarity Committee is holding a Day in Solidarity with African People in St. Petersburg. The theme of the meeting is “Beyond Obama: Seeking real solutions to the growing racial divide in the U.S.” One speaker is Glen Ford. He is executive editor of Black Agenda Report and a member of the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations.

The event is at the Studio@620 on First Avenue south, beginning at 6:30 tomorrow evening.

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Nigerian activist in Copenhagen is sceptical of climate progress listen

12/09/09 Kelly Benjamin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Former Tampa City Council candidate Kelly Benjamin is in Copenhagen attending the official Climate Conference and side meetings. He will also be sending us reports throughout the conference. Today, Benjamin spoke with Olawale Salami, from Nigeria, who can’t believe there are Americans who are skeptical of climate change.

Stay tuned to the WMNF Evening News throughout the climate conference for more of his reports from Copenhagen.

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