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Jobsite Theater + Stageworks Theater listen

01/31/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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We spoke with David Jenkins and Shawn Paonessa from Jobsite Theater about their show, The Hound of the Baskervilles. How does an audience impact a performance? How do acting and directing influence each other? How bad of a British accent can they actually do? Dewey Davis Thompson interviewed Karla Hartley about her recent appointment as the new Artistic Director of Stageworks Theater, and what it is like to step into the role created by an icon of local theater.

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Meet Florida's 13th Congressional District candidates: Michael Levinson listen

01/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Michael Levinson, Alex Sink, David Jolly, Bill Young, Congress, Lucas Overby, NPA


On March 11, voters in much of Pinellas County will decide who will replace the late C.W. “Bill” Young in Congress.

There’s Republican nominee David Jolly who won the primary this month, Democrat Alex Sink, and even Libertarian Lucas Overby. We intend to interview all of them in the coming weeks.

But you may not know the write-in candidate in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Michael Levinson.

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Tribute to Pete Seeger listen

01/30/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Pete Seeger, Pacifica Radio Archives


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei airs a special tribute to the iconic folk singer Pete Seeger who passed away Monday. The Ballad of Pete Seeger is produced by Pacifica Radio Archives and it presents historic live performances, actuality and interviews.

Listen to the entire show above.

You can also find the tribute here:

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President of National Organization for Women discusses equal pay and the true cost of fracking listen

01/30/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Did You Listen to the President’s State of the Union Message Tuesday?

What do you think? Is it time to give America a raise? Decent jobs? – with futures and benefits? He certainly got one thing right – to make it happen, there has to be action. However, I am not depending on the president or congress. We have to do this for ourselves. 77 cents to the dollar? And that is for white women – if you are African American, it is 62 cents, Hispanic, 59 cents. When President Obama said...


Nan Rich on Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, and her chances of becoming the next governor of Florida. listen

01/30/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Nan Rich

Although the perception is that Nan Rich is a serious long-shot of becoming the next governor of Florida (or even Democratic nominee), a recent poll has her down just four points to GOP incumbent Rick Scott.

On the program the former Senate Minority Leader laid out her positions on the issues, and said that she still thinks that Charlie Crist will engage with her in a debate (or debates) before the Democratic gubernatorial primary in August.

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The Politics of Florida's Medical Marijuana Ammendment listen

01/29/14 Warren Elly w/ Wayne Garcia
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Pete Seeger, medical marijuana, Pam Bondi, Rick Scott, Wayne Garcia, Warren Elly, wmnf, Charlie Crist, John Morgan

Today on the Last Call we discuss the great Florida debate over medical marijuana. On the November ballot voters will be asked to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for debilitating conditions like cancer, MS, glaucoma, Parkinson’s. USF Journalism Professor, Wayne Garcia joins the show.

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InVision Tampa unveils plan for West Hillsborough River area listen

01/29/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: InVision Tampa, public housing, North Boulevard Homes, Tampa Housing Authority, Urban Stratagies, AECOM, redevelopment

The neighborhood now consists of several public housing complexes, older homes and is situated along the Hillsborough River. Many of the residents are low income African American. The president of Urban Strategies, Sandra Moore is a consultant on how to best transform the community.

“Residents will be at the forefront of the decision making process. For a community, a developing community, a housing authority and the City to commit to, that is a big deal.”

The lead urban planner o...

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Experts respond to president's State of the Union address listen

01/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: SOTU, State of the Union, Barack Obama, immigration, Edwin Enciso, Darryl Paulson

President Barack Obama has used his fifth State of the Union address last night to tell lawmakers that he's still willing to work with Congress. But Obama said he'll sidestep obstructionist lawmakers "whenever and wherever" necessary to reduce the wage gap between rich and poor. One executive action he'll take is to increase the minimum wage for some federal contract workers to a minimum of $10.10. He’ll also implement a new Treasury savings bond for workers without access to traditional ret...


Midtown St. Pete sheds its "food desert" label with Wal-Mart grand opening listen

01/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Wal-Mart, Midtown St. Pete, St. Petersburg, poverty, food desert

Up until today, Midtown St. Petersburg, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, was what people call a food desert.

But at about 7:30 this morning a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened its doors for shoppers – many of whom lack transportation to travel outside of the area for fresh food and were forced to make many food purchases from over-priced convenience stores.

St. Pete City Council member Wengay Newton whose district covers part of Midtown celebrated the Grand Opening early this ...

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Friends mourn longtime St. Pete social activist slain in her home

01/29/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Tags: Paula Witthaus, St. Petersburg, activism


A well-liked social activist in St. Petersburg has been found murdered inside her home on 17th Ave. North.

According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, 54-year old Paula Whitthaus was found dead along with her 67-year old male roommate after what a department press release described as a brutal attack.

The exact cause of death hasn’t been determined yet, but police say there was upper body trauma. A suspect has not been identified, but investigators say the attack does not appear ...


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