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Folk Musician Carlos Valera, often called the 'Bob Dylan of Cuba', joins us today on Radioactivity listen

03/28/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: gun control, Hudson, firearms, Julia Wyman, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, National Physicians Alliance, Carlos Varela, Cuba, music, The Poet of Havana, Ron Chapman, Gasparilla International Film Festival, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Guns are a contentious topic right now in the Tampa Bay Area with an reported increase in gun violence in Tampa, and the tragic case in Hudson where a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother before taking his own life. At the same time a bill banning backyard shooting ranges was rejected, while bills allowing firearms on college campuses and during emergency situations are still moving through the state legislature.

Gun control advocacy group, States United to Prevent Gun V...

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The Fairness Doctrine debate segment takes on the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba listen

03/11/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Cuba, embargo, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Patrick Manteiga, Ralph Fernandez, Tampa, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we air the latest installment of the Fairness Doctrine, a debate style segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. Today's episode addresses the current trade embargo against Cuba, and with recent talks of re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island nation, whether it should be lifted. Taking the side for lifting the embargo is Patrick Manteiga, publisher for the trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. Arguing in favor of the embargo is Ralph Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney and c...

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Eckerd College media director shares experiences from recent trip to Cuba with economics students.

01/31/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Tom Scherberger, Eckerd College, Cuba, Peter Hammerschmidt, economics

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Tom Scherberger, journalist and director of media relations for Eckerd College, shares his experiences from a recent two week trip to Cuba, tagging along with Economics Professor Peter Hammerschmidt and 18 students as part of an educational trip to learn about the island's economy.

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Last Call with Daniel Ruth, award-winning columnist for the Tampa Bay Times

01/13/15 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday

Tags: Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay Times, Florida, Central Command, Cuba

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Daniel Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times columnist and Times editorial board member, joins host Rob Lorei and listeners to discuss current events such as the recent Central Command twitter account hack, redistricting in Florida, and relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Tampa International Airport expects more direct flights to Cuba after thaw in relations listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Cuba, Tampa, tampa international airport

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Last month the presidents of Cuba and the United States announced they would take steps to thaw the icy relations between the two countries.

The U.S. still has an embargo and a ban on tourism to Cuba, but it is likely to become easier for permitted travel from the U.S. to Cuba.

For more than three years there have been direct flights from Tampa International Airport to cities in Cuba.

To find out what the new policy could mean for travelers and for the airport, WMNF News interview...

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Author TJ English explores American organized crime within Cuba in Havana Nocturne listen

01/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: TJ English, Havana Nocturne, Cuba, organized crime

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On the first Radioactivity episode of 2015, Host Rob Lorei interviews crime writer T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne:How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution Havana Nocturne delves into American organized crime in Cuba and the role it played in the revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship 59 years ago to this day.English touches on Cuban syndicated crime's local ties with Tampa and to famous mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.

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Radioactivity airs an episode of The Ralph Nader Radio Hour listen

12/19/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Ralph Nader, Rena Steinzor, Steve Skrovan, David Feldman, corporate crime, Cuba

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Today, we air an episode of KPFK's the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this episode, he speaks with Law Professor Rena Steinzor, who argues in her latest book, Why Not Jail?, that prosecutors should punish corporate criminals and white-collar crimes as severely as they punish street crime. Later, Co-hosts Steve Skrovan and David Feldman join Nader in discussing President Obama's recent announcement to normalize diploma...

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Local reactions and oppositions to President Obama's new approach on Cuba. listen

12/18/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Cuba, Al Fox, La Gaceta, Ted Cruz, embargo, diplomacy., Patrick Manteiga

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The surprising statement outlined plans to easy economic and travel embargoes between the two countries, as well as establish an American embassy in Cuba. On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei gets local perspectives from Al Fox, Founder of Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy, and Patrick Manteiga, Editor and Publisher of La Gaceta newspaper. We also listen...

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US and Cuba look to mend diplomatic relations listen

12/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Cuba, Barack Obama, Cuban embargo, Alan Gross, Cuban Five

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Here are some points "Senior Administration Officials" made Wednesday morning on a phone conference with reporters that was embargoed until the call ended:

The three remaining Cuban Five members are being exchanged for American Alan Gross and a U.S. spy who has been imprisoned for 20 years in Cuba (an "intelligence asset").

The U.S. will ease travel restrictions across all areas of allowed travel, but Americans will still not be able to travel to Cuba for tourism. U.S. visitors to Cuba ...

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change

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If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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