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Historian James W. Loewen separates fact from fiction on Christopher Columbus Day

10/13/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Columbus Day, James W. Loewen


Today in the United States we mark Columbus Day. For some it’s a holiday, for some Italian Americans it’s a way to honor the Italian contribution to America. For some Native Americans it’s a day to protest his treatment of native people. Christopher Columbus is given credit by some for being the first European explorer to come to North America.

Rob Lorei talks about Christopher Columbus with James W. Loewen, the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America. He is ...

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Food Day & Gardening listen

10/13/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: National Food Day, zero energy solar power, Whitman Organics, Sweetwater Organic Farm

On today’s Sustainable Living program we started with a short segment about National Food Day coming up on October 24th. Karen Elizabeth, local food activist and nutrition coach talked about what Food Day is and events in our area. She’s involved with the Plant City Commons Community Garden and they’re having a Food Day get together at the garden in Plant City.

Karen andJon Butts will be attending Pat & Rosalind’s Solar Party, October 18th at their Zero Energy s...

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Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to block Israeli ship in Tampa listen

10/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, Israel, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa


A local group supporting the rights of Palestinians is holding its third major action at Port Tampa Bay beginning at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

Block the Boat Tampa is drawing attention to a boycott of companies from Israel by picketing a ship from the Zim shipping company, which will attempt to unload cargo tomorrow.

Friday morning I spoke with Dezeray Lyn with Block the Boat Tampa about how dockworkers are responding to their protest.

Palestinian rights group will try again Saturday to ...

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Could Ferguson happen in Tampa? listen

10/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, civil rights, Tampa, police, law enforcement, Ferguson, Florida Courier, Eric Deggans, Media, body camera, Patel Center


The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Supporter of campaign finance reform will march 300 miles to Tallahassee on foot and Sarasota event advocates separation of church and state listen

10/10/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Rhana Bazzini, campaign finance reform Florida, Rev. Steven Baines


Today on Radioactivity, we discuss a Sarasota woman who is taking the movement for campaign finance reform to Tallahassee by walking there along with her supporters. Next Monday 81-year-old Rhana Bazzini will begin walking- 300 miles- from Sarasota to Tallahassee in an effort to win support for campaign finance reform. Her plan is to arrive in the state capital by the beginning of December.

But, why is this petite 94-pound woman embarking on a more than 7-week trip on foot when the 300 ...

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David Jolly on Ebola, ISIS, the ACA and other issues listen

10/09/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: ISIS, Ebola, David Jolly, Bill Young

Republican David Jolly is one of the newest members of Congress, at least for another month. The Pinellas County lobbyist and former aide to Rep. Bill Young won the special election against Alex Sink in the spring, and now goes into his first re-election campaign with no Democrat on the ballot.

In this half-hour discussion, we spoke with Jolly on the biggest issues of the moment, such as the war on ISIS, the Ebola crises hitting American shores, and why he doesn't think Congress works en...

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Author living at poverty line shares her story in new book and Community event in Tampa asks could Ferguson happen here? listen

10/09/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: HAND TO MOUTH: LIVING IN BOOTSTRAP AMERICA, Linda Tirado, working poor


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to a working woman, Linda Tirado who lives at the poverty line. When it comes to public discourse about the working poor- much of what we see on TV or hear on radio is a person’s opinion- or academic research- or a politician seeking to benefit electorally by what he or she says about the working poor. Linda Tirado wrote an essay last year called “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or poverty thoughts”. The essay went viral and was read by more than six ...

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Diane Ackerman finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Sports Writer Kavita A. Davidson join From a Woman's POV listen

10/09/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Kavitha A. Davidson, DIANE ACKERMAN


Misuse and abuse of Power – Is it inevitable?

The theme of Thursday’s show will be POWER – so often reflected by its misuse, abuse and by wanton directives to satisfy one’s own needs and greed. It doesn’t have to be that way… Climate change, endless wars, a wealth gap that has rendered meaningless our terms of rich and poor. We are living in a climate of fear and helplessness.

Wake up! We are now living in the world designated by anthropologists as the anthropocene, the human ag...

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Consumers and environmentalists to protest Rick Scott in St. Pete Thursday listen

10/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Duke Energy, elections, Melissa Baldwin, Melissa Meehan, climate change, Energy, Progress Energy


Some consumers and environmentalists thing Governor Rick Scott is too cozy with the country’s largest power company.

So Thursday in St. Pete they’re protesting outside the governor’s campaign office asking him to refund contributions from Duke Energy at 3393 Tyrone Boulevard North in St. Petersburg beginning at 11:00 a.m.

WMNF interviewed Melissa Baldwin, deputy communications director of NextGen Climate Florida.

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Many Pinellas ballots have name of candidate who dropped out listen

10/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, Lucas Overby, David Jolly, FL13, Pinellas County, Ed Jany


Many Pinellas County residents will be voting on ballots that have the name of a candidate who is no longer running.

Ed Jany dropped out of the race for Congressional District 13.

WMNF interviewed Nancy Whitlock, elections administrator with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

"We received the certified ballot list of candidates from the (Florida) Division of Elections and that included Ed Jany as one...

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