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Radioactivity speaks with September Penn of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song

01/05/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: September Penn, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, Palladium Theater

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Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedoms songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for those who sung them. Song of the Civil Rights Movement will be performing at the Palladium Theater on Jan. 11th and 12th. Admission is free and tickets can be obtained at the Palladium T...

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Same-sex marriages begin in Miami-Dade; after midnight in all Florida counties listen

01/05/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, equality florida, Nadine Smith, Same-sex marriage, Florida

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The first legal same-sex marriages in Florida took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County; that came soon after a judge there said the county could immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Monday morning Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriages were expected to begin statewide after midnight, when a separate ruling by a federal ...

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Radioactivity takes a look back at the life of Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York listen

01/02/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Mario Cuomo, New York, Andrew Cuomo, 1984 Democratic National Convention

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Mario Cuomo, former three-term governor of New York from 1983 to 1984, died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew Cuomo was sworn into his second-term as New York governor. Mario Cuomo was a commanding orator, and today on Radioactivity we listen to his famous keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phone lines for listener comments.

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Author TJ English explores American organized crime within Cuba in Havana Nocturne listen

01/01/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: TJ English, Havana Nocturne, Cuba, organized crime

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On the first Radioactivity episode of 2015, Host Rob Lorei interviews crime writer T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne:How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution Havana Nocturne delves into American organized crime in Cuba and the role it played in the revolution that overthrew the Batista dictatorship 59 years ago to this day.English touches on Cuban syndicated crime's local ties with Tampa and to famous mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.

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Radioactivity takes a break from politics with the Capitol Steps New Year's Eve special listen

12/31/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Capitol Steps, New Year's Eve, Political Satire

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Today Radioactivity welcomes the new year by airing The Capitol Steps' "Politics takes a holiday" New Year's Eve Special. The Capitol Steps are a political satire group, comprised of congressional staffers, that have been releasing comedy albums and performing live since 1981.

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Black Lives Matter march planned for Tampa on New Year's Day listen

12/31/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ferguson, Tampa, Black Lives Matter, Tom Scott, Tampa Police

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Demonstrators in St. Louis briefly occupied a Metro Police Station Wednesday. Some protesters were pepper-sprayed, according to several videos posted on the Twitter account of a notable Ferguson protester, @deray.

There may be a different tone at a gathering in Tampa Thursday afternoon.

A “Black Lives Matter” march is planned to start in Ybor City and head toward the Tampa Police headquarters near Gaslight Square.

WMNF News interviewed one of the organizers, Tom Scott, pastor of the ...

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Are we experiencing a new age of robber barrons? A Bill Moyers interview with Historian Steve Fraser listen

12/30/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Bill Moyers, Steve Fraser, Gilded Age

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Today on Radioactivity, we listen to an interview from Moyers and Company with author and historian Steve Fraser. Fraser's upcoming book,The Age of Acquiescence, explores whether growing disparities between the wealthy and poor has led America into a second Gilded Age. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phonelines to listeners.

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Listeners chime in with their Oscar season picks on today's Radioactivity. listen

12/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Movies, film, Oscars, wmnf, minimum wage

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It's Oscar season and today on Radioactivity we discuss the hit and misses currently in theaters. Listeners also opine on new programming at WMNF as well as the minimum wage.

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Unpacking the legal issues surrounding Florida's unconstitutional same-sex marriage ban listen

12/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: LGBT, Same-sex marriage, law, courts, Florida, Gay Marriage, Stetson University College of Law

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Next week a federal judge’s stay expires on his ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional; but that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a flood of marriages the following day -- many of the 67 clerks of courts have said they will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

To wade through the legal questions that are coming up, Monday WMNF News spoke with Michael Allen, an associate dean and professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Flori...

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Radioactivity airs the Ralph Nader Radio Hour Show

12/26/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Ralph Nader, KPFK, Steve Skrovan, David Feldman

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Today we are an episode of KPFK's Ralph Nader Radio Hour. Nader is a lawyer, author, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate. In this Boxing Day episode, Ralph fields Facebook questions posted by listeners, ranging in topic from job growth to how millennials can become more politically involved. Co-hosts include Steve Skrovan and David Feldman.

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