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Faith-based lobby works to achieve congressional recognition of climate change.

06/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: climate change, Emily Wizba, environment, Friends Committee of National Legislation, Sina Toossi, Foreign Policy in Focus, Iran, wmnf, Rob Lorei


We hear from Emily Wirzba, policy associate with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, who works on issues with sustainability and the environment for the Quaker faith-based organization. She talks about the an approach to discussing climate change with policymakers involving faith and call to morality. Wirzba also gives advice on how citizens can start a dialogue with their elected officials on environmental issues.

Then we talk with journalist Sina Toossi who recently wrote a ...

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Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts talks race and the media, and we discuss the Republican letter to Iran

03/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Byron Pitts, Nightline, ABC, Ferguson, Race, Media, Poynter Institute, Iran, Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, wmnf, Rob Lorei


With the most recent flair of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Race continues to be the topic of national conversation. We speak with Nightline Co-anchor Byron Pitts on the media's coverage of race-related issues. Pitts will be speaking on the topic on Friday at the Poynter institute at 7:30 pm. He had a brief stint in Tampa as a reporter for WFLA-TV in the late 80's.He later worked for CBS for 15 years, becoming the lead correspondent for CBS following his coverage of the 9/11 attacks bef...

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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress listen

03/04/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: ISIS, Netanyahu, Iran, terrorism, nuclear weapons, Jennifer Loewenstein, Congress, ADHD, Howie Glasser, Adlerian psychology, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Nuclear negotiations with Iran & Walmart gains advantage with low wage employees listen

11/25/13 Rob Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Iran, obama, Walmart, Affordable Care Act

Today on the Last Call Rob Lorei discusses nuclear negotiations with Iran and comments from Rick Scott that Obama’s nuclear deal will not stop Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The show also explores the Affordable Care Act, and reasons behind why employee wages at Walmart are so low.

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections' chief talks voting rights & The future of negotiation on Iran's nuclear power listen

11/21/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: voter ID requirements, voter rights, Voting Rights Act, Craig Latimer, Larry Korb, Iran


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs his interview with Supervisor of Elections, Craig Latimer about voting issues such as voter ID requirements, “Project Integrity” (voter purge or list maintenance) and the Voting Rights Act.

Later Rob speaks with Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Council on Foreign Relations about reaching a nuclear deal with Iran. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Admini...

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The Art of Resistance: Iranian artist Barbad Golshiri talks about making political art in Tehran. listen

09/27/13 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: USF, Iran, Iranian Art, censorship

Fascinating discussion with a young political artist, whose family has suffered at the hands of the Iranian government. Barbad exhibits both in Tehran and around the world. He remains active in the Green Revolution.

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Peace activists deliver varied anti-war messages at USF Tampa listen

04/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As part of a national anti-war initiative called April Days of Action Against Drones and Occupation, some USF students and community activists are reaching out for peace. During a rally today representatives from different groups passed out literature to students on the Tampa campus. Tampa Bay Bradley Manning Support Network’s Bill Livsey defended whistle-blowing by drawing attention to Manning’s prosecution.

“What we can do to honor his sacrifice and bravery by releasing this inf...


Author Nima Shirazi calls Hollywood blockbuster "Argo" ahistorical listen

03/04/13 Mary Glenney and Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hollywood drama Argo won three academy awards. The official movie website describes the film as:

“Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.”

But the “based on real events” part of that is qu...

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Foreign policy takes center stage during final Obama-Romney debate listen

10/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In their final debate, President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney doubled down on foreign policy last night in Boca Raton. With only two weeks left until Election Day, the two presidential contenders were throwing punches about everything from sanctions on Iran to military spending. During the speech, Obama refueled criticism that Romney flip-flops on key political issues.

“Every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong. You said we should have gone in...

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Republican reaction to VP debate: Biden is rude listen

10/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squared off in a verbal sparring match last night in Kentucky. Reports, even though pundits are all over the board with who the winner was, viewers at a Republican watch party in Pinellas Park declared it a victory.

When Paul Ryan said something they liked – which was a lot, the crowded erupted into applause.

When Biden said something kooky, they booed and hissed.


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