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USF students remember the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians listen

05/18/15 Nina Porciuncula
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Nakba, USF, Students for Justice in Palestine, Rania Khalek, Dezeray Lyn, BDS

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Last Friday, around one hundred people gathered at USF Tampa to commemorate the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The Nakba event was organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine.

Each year on May 15, Palestinians remember the “Day of the Catastrophe” or Nakba. This day marks the 1948 displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homelands and the establishment of the state of Israel.

Independent journalist Rania Khalek an...

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WEDU's Florida This Week, and Hillsborough drafts ordinance on wage theft listen

05/18/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: WEDU, Florida This Week, Medicaid expansion, Rick Scott, ACA, obama, Patrick Mantaiga, Chris Ingram, Amy Hollyfield, Darryl Paulson, wage theft, Bruce Nissen, Jeanette Smith, Cheryl Shroeder, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to the latest episode of WEDU's Florida this week, moderated by Radioactivity Host Rob Lorei. The topic of discussion centers around medicaid expansion, particularly Rick Scott's refusal to accept money tied to the ACA while asking the Obama administration to expand low-income pool funding within the state. the budget chiefs of the house and senate met recently and have said they made "a fair amount of progress", but the governor has warned state agencies to prepare for a po...

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Tampa fast-food workers will travel to Mcdonald's HQ to protest working conditions

05/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Bleu Rainer, McDonalds, minimum wage, coverage gap, Medicaid, The Gap, Jordana Goldmann, Christopher Cogle, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We kick-off this morning's Radioactivity with an interview with Bleu Rainer, a Tampa McDonald's cook that will travel to the company's headquarters in Illinois to call for an increase in wages for its employees. Rainer wants a living raise and right to unionize for the restaurants employees, saying that the minimum wage that many of them receive keeps them trapped in poverty. He is one of a dozen local workers that will be protesting the Mcdonald's annual shareholder's meeting next week.

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Local students compete in the world's largest science fair in Pittsburgh

05/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, science, Pittsburgh, Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish, Rebecca Elsishans, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we talk with 3 bay area students who are in Pittsburgh to participate in the World's largest science fair. Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish,and Rebecca Elsishans are all high schools students that have entered The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that awards over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The student's projects range from nanotube technology, electromagnetic science and public health through water sanitation.

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Jessica Ehrlich on presidential candidates, David Jolly and other political news listen

05/14/15 Mitch Perry
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio

Former CD 13 congressional candidate and now Fox News analyst Jessica Ehrlich joined us on the program to discuss Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio's policies on Iraq and other foreign policy issues - Will David Jolly run for the Senate? And what about Bernie Sanders viability against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries?

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In Florida Secretary of Labor pushes paid family leave and increased minimum wage listen

05/14/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: minimum wage, Department of Labor, Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, unions, labor, wages, paid family leave, miami, St. Petersburg, Florida

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The U.S. Secretary of Labor is in Florida this week pushing for an increased minimum wage and for paid leave for employees; Wednesday in St. Petersburg Tom Perez rallied for paid family leave and Thursday in Miami Secretary Perez is pushing for a higher federal minimum wage.

WMNF News spoke with him Wednesday night and he said the Obama administration wants a $12/hour minimum wage by 2020.

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Tampa Bay seagrass recovers; 40,000 acres most in 60 years listen

05/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa Bay, Tampa, St. Petersburg, seagrass, environment, water, fertilizer, fertilizer ordinance, pollution, oceans, SWFWMD, Tampa Bay Watch, WMNF News

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There are more acres of seagrass in the Tampa Bay estuary than any time in the last sixty years; the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced Wednesday that the bay now supports more than 40,000 acres of seagrass beds.

WMNF News interviewed Kris Kaufman, a senior environmental scientist with SWFWMD.

Kaufman said their study found a 16.3 percent increase in seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay from 2012 to 2014. She said seagrass recovery requires relatively clean water and congr...

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The Fairness Doctrine tackles the minimum wage debate listen

05/13/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: minimum wage, Fairness Doctrine, Jennifer Sullivan, Kofi Hunt, Mark Hoffman, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today we listen to the latest edition of The Fairness Doctrine, a monthly debate segment moderated and produced by Jennifer Sullivan. This episode's topic: should the minimum wage be raised to 15 dollars per hour? Arguing for the wage hike is Kofi Hunt from Fight for 15 and arguing against the raise is Mark Hoffmann, host of "Patriot Nation" on blog talk radio.

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Group behind Amendment 1 wants legislature to follow voter's intent

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Paula Dockery, Aliki Moncrief, Florida's Water and Land Legacy, Amendment 1, environment, wmnf

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Today's host, former state senator Paula Dockery, talks with Aliki Moncrief, Executive of the Florida's Water and Land Legacy. the environmental group helped put Amendment 1 on last year's ballot in hopes of increasing revenue towards land and water conservation programs. Moncrief talks about the deadlock in Tallahassee that has left lawmakers unable to agree on spending on environmental programs.

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Listeners sound off on alleged Bin Laden cover-up, dwindling numbers in America's churches

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Religion, christianity, Pew Research, osama bin laden, Iraq war, Seymour Hersh, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to listeners for most of the hour. We look at a recent Pew survey that shows that Americans are becoming less religious, with the number of people who do not affiliate with a religion growing while less people affiliate themselves with christianity. Christians still make up the country's largest religious. We also look at an article by veteran war journalist Seymour Hersh which alleges that Osama Bin Laden was actually a priso...

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