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The plan to have the US run on renewable energy by 2050, and Frontline looks at the debate over vaccinations. listen

03/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: renewable energy, clean energy, Mark Jacobson, Stanford University, The Solutions Project, measles outbreak, vaccines, PBS, Frontline, autism, Kate McMahon

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Today we talk about the plan to have the U.S. run completely on clean energy by 2050. Mark Jacobson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and he believes the country is capable of sustaining an infrastructure based on wind, water, and solar energy in all 50 states. He talks with us about his roadmap to steer the country away from dependence on fossil fuels that contribute pollution and negative health effects. He co-founded [The Solutions Project](thesol...

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Center for Biological Diversity warns of climate crisis effects on Florida wildlife listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, CBD, Jaclyn Lopez, climate change, global warming, corals, Sea Turtles, endangered species, Florida, Rick Scott

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Jaclyn Lopez a lawyer and Florida Director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in St. Petersburg. She was interviewed by WMNF News' Seán Kinane on MidPoint about a range of environmental topics. That includes a possible downlisting of green sea turtles in Florida from endangered to threatened, Florida's endangered corals need a reduction in carbon pollution for recovery and two Florida plants threatened by sea-level rise could be helped through habitat protection. Callers asked ab...

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State and local news discussed on WEDU's Florida This Week listen

03/23/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Florida senate seat, Marco Rubio, Gerald Bailey, FDLE, transgender, gun control, Adam Smith, Bill Bunting, Susan Nilon, Patrick Manteiga, wmnf, Rob Lorei

We listen to last Friday's episode of Florida This Week, a politcal analysis and panel discussion show moderated by Radioactivity host Rob Lorei. Topics include possible candidates to run for the Florida senate seat, which is expected to be vacated by Marco Rubio as he pursues the Rupublican nomination for the presidency. We also talk about the growing scrutiny surrounding former FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey's sudden resignation, the controversial transgender bathroom bill and the guns on ...

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In St. Pete Student Farmworker Alliance announces boycott of Wendy's listen

03/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, St. Petersburg, Student Farmworker Alliance, fair food, food, farmworkers, music

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An alliance between student groups and farmworkers announced this weekend in St. Petersburg they are organizing a boycott against Wendy’s restaurants.

At Saturday’s March and Concert for Fair Food at Vinoy Park the Student/Farmworker Alliance led hundreds in chanting “The burgers may be square but the food ain't fair.”

The Student Farmworker Alliance wants Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program led by the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers](http://ciw-on...

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Coalition for Immokalee Workers ramp up for the Fair Food parade and concert in St.Pete listen

03/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Tags: Coalition of Immokalee Workers, CIW, fair food, St.Petersburg, farm workers, Tomato industry, Fair Food Program, Publix, Bartlett Park, Vinoy Park, acidic fracking, Kim Ross, Ryan Lee, ReThink Energy, John F. Germany Library

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Today Leonel Perez and Joe Parker of Coalition of Immokalee Workers talk about its Fair Food parade and concert, which will take place in St.Petersburg on Saturday starting at noon. The event will celebrate the achievements of CIW's Fair Food Program.The campaign calls for a collaboration between food buyers, distributors and Florida's tomato farm workers to address abuse and exploitation on farms by adhering to a fair food code of conduct. Participating companies also pay an extra penny per ...

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Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear listen

03/20/15
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: poet, richard blanco, plume poetry

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Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Poet Richard Blanco joins Art in Your Ear

03/20/15
Art In Your Ear
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Tags: poet, richard blanco, plume poetry

Richard Blanco was the fifth inaugural poet, and the first openly gay Latino immigrant poet. His work, One Day, mesmerized the nation. Since then he has been involved in multiple public projects, including a response to the Boston Bombing (Boston Strong) and the marriage equality movement Until We Could.

Richard has a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, a...

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Debbie Dooley on criticism of Floridians for solar choice; Starbucks tries to engage discussion on race with baristas listen

03/19/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Howard Schultz; Debbie Dooley, Florida Faith & Freedom Coalition, Floridians for Solar Choice, Conservatives for Energy Freedom, Starbucks

Debbie Dooley is a co-founder of the national Tea Party, and a leading supporter of the movement to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year in Florida that would allow citizens the opportunity to purchase solar power from third-party companies, not public utilities. But as they race to get the necessary signatures on the ballot, there has been a tremendous surge against that by other conservatives. Dooley talks about the criticism, which she says is unfounded.

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Public Employees group files complaint to FDEP over climate change gag order

03/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: environment climate change, global warming, Public Employees for Environmental Protection, FDEP, Barton Bibler, PEER, Jerry Phillips, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, national budget, wmnf, Rob Lorei

In the latest in the story over FDEPs "climate change" ban, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility(PEER) has (filed a complaint to the department's Inspector General)[http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2015/03/18/scott%E2%80%99s-climate-change-gag-order-claims-a-victim/] for reprimanding an employee who addressed climate change at a official meeting. Land Management Plan Coordinator Barton Bibler was fo...

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Sunshine Week and the erosion of Florida's open public records laws

03/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Open government, Sunshine Laws, public records, government meetings, Florida Legislature, Rosemary O'hara, Florida Sun Sentinel, Journalism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk about open government in the midst of Sunshine Week. Florida's Sunshine Law, a series of laws that guarantee public access to government meetings and records, have long been one of the strongest in the country. However over the years the Legislature have been passing a growing number of exemptions to the laws.Over 1100 exemptions exist today, an 250 percent from 1985. Another 43 are being considered in the current legislative session. Rosemary O’hara, the editorial page editor at the ...

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