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Uhurus oppose Pinellas Schools plan for assault rifles for school police listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Uhurus, Chimurenga Waller, Pinellas County Schools, War, weapons, guns, police

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A plan by the Pinellas County School District to acquire assault rifles for campus police is coming under fire from the black community.

Friday morning the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement held a press conference in front of the Pinellas County School Board building to criticize further weaponizing schools.

Afterward, WMNF spoke by phone with their local president, Chimurenga Waller.

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Peace activists will demonstrate against war in Syria Saturday outside Tampa's MacDill AFB listen

09/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, Macdill AFB, Tampa, St. Pete for Peace, Chris Ernesto

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Local peace advocates are demonstrating Saturday near Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base.

The group St. Pete For Peace is asking people to “Say No to War in Syria” beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway.

WMNF spoke with one organizer, Chris Ernesto.

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Pinellas manatee protection zone meeting gets heated pushback from boaters listen

09/26/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, boaters, pinellas, speed zones, manatees, boating, FWC, Pinellas County, treasure island

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Some Pinellas County boaters are upset about proposed manatee protection zones. Thursday night’s public information session at Treasure Island City Hall was supposed to put the finishing touches on plans which have been in the works for more than a year. But, many in the crowd were irritated about fuzzy statistics and lack of transparency.

Twenty-one slow-speed zones are being proposed to help cut down on manatee deaths. But most of the people in the audience spoke out saying the restricti...

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Historian Kenneth C. Davis discusses the history of immigrant discrimination in America listen

09/26/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Don't Know Much About History, Kenneth C. Davis

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Today Radioactivity talks about a hotly debated issue in the US: immigration. Rob Lorei interviews a historian who has written about the history of discrimination against Irish, German, Catholic and other immigrants to the US.

Kenneth C. Davis is a historian and the author of Don't Know Much About History; A Nation Rising; and Don't Know Much About the American Presidents (Hachette paperback)

Kenneth's website is called Don't Know Much About.

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Carmada! listen

09/26/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Carmada is an art car festival in downtown St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum Day Live. Mitzi Gordon, Carrie Boucher and Sebastian Coolidge came in to talk about art cars, public murals, and creating community with art.

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Dialogue between a Palestinian Peace activist and an Israeli settler listen

09/26/14 Rob Lorei
True Talk
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Tags: Palestinian, Israel, True Talk

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On True Talk today the following dialogue between a Palestinian Peace activist and an Israeli settler was aired.

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Radioactivity airs Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 Keynote Speech listen

09/25/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Bruce Springsteen

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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei airs Bruce Springsteen's SXSW 2012 Keynote Speech via NPR where he discusses his music career.

Make sure to attend our tribute to Bruce Springsteen this weekend as we celebrate his 65th Birthday at Skippers Smokehouse. Find details here

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USF researchers identify two bodies found in Dozier School graves listen

09/25/14 Gwyneth Dunsford
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Dozier School, University of South Florida, USF

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On Thursday, researchers at the University of South Florida identified two more victims from the site of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida.

One body belonged to Thomas Varnadoe, who was taken to the Dozier school in September 1934. A month later the 13-year-old was dead, reportedly after succumbing to pneumonia. USF researchers said were not able to establish the final cause of Thomas’ death due to the condition of his remains.

Thomas’ nephew, Glen, has l...

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Anne Petermann shares her views on climate issues and Doris Kearns Goodwin author of the Bully Pulpit joins From A Woman's POV listen

09/25/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Anne Petermann, DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN

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We aren’t really bombing Syria, are we? ISIS, or is it ISIL, or is it now Khorasan – or the latest terrorist of the hour?

Strangelove? “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.”

I don’t care how much effort was made to kick climate change off the front page, I know the real danger – it was yesterday, is today, and will be tomorrow. Did you follow the Peoples Climate March Sunday and Flood Wall Street Monday? Then Tuesday to the UN. Finally some action??? Did you he...

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Is there a future for the American newspaper? listen

09/24/14 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Media

Many of us believe our nation needs journalism now more than ever – but the news is not good, especially here in West Central Florida, in Tampa Bay.

It’s widely reported that at a staff meeting last week, the Tampa Bay Times leadership announced 5% pay cuts and reduced severance.

Things aren’t much better at the venture-capitalist owned Tampa Tribune. The outflow of talent, experienced executives, and cash continues.

While some remarked they couldn’t believe the Times would go be...

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