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Three Americans and one Italian killed by U.S. counterterror actions listen

04/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: drones, Barack Obama, War, Pakistan, Afghanistan

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The White House announced Thursday that three Americans and an Italian were killed in U.S. counterterrorism actions in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan; in a brief statement President Barack Obama says he takes "full responsibility" for one operation that he says inadvertently killed an American hostage, Warren Weinstein, and an Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, held by al-Qaida.

The president did not take questions.

A [statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earn...

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Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete listen

01/15/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Cornel West, Barack Obama, drones, police, violence, Ferguson, black, Media, Saint Petersburg, protest, funk

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Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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The secret world of drones: how pilots learn to fly them listen

07/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: drones, UAV, unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance, military

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Whether they’re used for dropping bombs, spying on suspected criminals or deliver packages, drones are a controversial topic. So, who flies them? Mike Sobkowski is the director of training and simulation for Corsair engineering. He says just about anyone can learn and a growing number of universities are offering classes. Sobkowski gave WMNF a behind-the-scenes look at the secret world of flying drones.

“What’s lift? What’s drag? What’s weight? What’s thrust? And then from there, to tea...

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GOP Congressional Candidates Debate in Pinellas Park

01/03/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: David Jolly, Mark Bircher, Florida Congressional District 13, Pinellas Park, Republicans, F-35, Edward Snowden, Clemency, drones, due process

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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear part of a very interesting debate last night in Pinellas Park where the Republican candidates to replace the late Congressman Bill Young were invited to a debate. But first- a listener comment about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about the hurdles still facing the medical marijuana amendment from getting on the ballot….Here’s what one listener had to say….

Tape Two of the three Republicans running in t...

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A Better Path for the U.S. in the Middle East? And the Green Shadow Cabinet

04/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Rohde about his new book BEYOND WAR: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East (Viking). Rhode has covered U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. He was held captive by the Taliban for seven months beginning in 2009.

Later we'll talk with Kevin Zeese who is the Attorney General in a new project-...

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YWCA Sponsoring Conference on Ending Racism; Conservatives Reversing Themselves on Support of Constitution?

04/25/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with Lenice Emanuel of the YWCA Tampa Bay about the upcoming Stand Against Racism event this Friday night at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

And later we’ll look at how conservatives are changing their tune on the Constitution.

This Friday night at Eckerd College the YWCA Tampa Bay will hold it’s Fifth Annual Stand Against Racism event. It’s part of the YWCA’s national effort to raise a...

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Former Pentagon official defends U.S. use of drones listen

04/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A former Pentagon official is defending the United States’ use of drones. During a lecture Thursday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Michael James Barton blamed criticism of the unmanned aircraft on media that sensationalize perceived future threats associated with using new technology.

“The Spartans were really, really upset that the Athenians used arrows because how dare they, we can’t even see the enemy, they’re coming from afar. You don’t face your enemy wi...

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Drones in the States

04/10/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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10 YEARS AGO AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING WHAT APPEARED TO BE QUICK VICTORY IN IRAQ…SADDAM HUSSEIN’S STATUE WAS TOPPLED IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A BLOODY DIVISE WAR THAT REMAINS CLOAKED IN POLITICAL RECRIMINATION OVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT DID NOT EXIST…A CONFLICT THAT CLEARLY DELAYED THE SEARCH FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKERS…AND GAVE RISE TO A WHAT CRITICS SAY ARE POLITICAL ASSASINATIONS BY DRONE. ESTIMATES SAY THE U-S HAS CONDUCTED 366 DRONT STR...

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Drone warfare: Rand Paul filibusters for nearly 13 hours

03/07/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Awake Tampa activist Michael Long came on the program to talk about his organization's fight for electoral reform in Tallahassee, and about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's filibuster regarding the Obama administration's stance on drones and potentially targeting American citizens suspected of being terrorists.

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Drones over Florida? Part 3: proposed legislation doesn't regulate private use listen

02/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Bills proposed in the Florida Legislature and Congress would regulate drone use, but do little to address private use. Thomas Rambo started a private company in Gainesville called Altavian.

“So that means natural resource management – we do a bunch of floating vegetation stuff down in the Everglades, infrastructure monitoring – so, levees, oil lines, pipelines, power lines, all that kind of stuff. The terminology we use is, dull, dirty and dangerous. So, things that are … or a l...

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