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Congress member Castor says women and doctors should make healthcare choices not a few older white men listen

07/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Hobby Lobby, Women's rights, reproductive rights, birth control, Supreme Court, SCOTUS, kathy castor

Legislation that could undo the effects of the controversial Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling is stalled in Congress. The “Not my Boss’s Business Act” would force employers who don’t offer health insurance that includes contraceptive coverage to start carrying it even though the Supreme Court said they don’t have to. Tampa area Congress member Kathy Castor spoke out against what she sees as a blatant attack on women during a rally in downtown Tampa Monday.

“We’re going to have a little di...

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Israel sends ground troops into Palestine - just or unjust?

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Hamas, Gaza


More than 240 Palestinians have already died in the air campaign, including 14 children under age 12 killed over the past two days, according to Palestinian health officials. One Israeli has also died. That information comes from the Boston Herald. Other reports throughout the day have listed the number of Palestinian deaths since Israel’s ground invasion last night upwards of 20 with exact numbers varying depending on the source.

The Israeli operation began around 10 p.m. yesterday. Thei...

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Palestinian supporters in Tampa come out in droves to protest Israeli invasion listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Muslim, War, Gaza, West Bank


Hundreds of people from the Muslim community and their supporters crowded the corner of The Fowler Avenue and 56th St.

Mohammad Joseph Salamaeh was one of the first to arrive to the large protest near USF Tampa. The group waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, “Palestine Under Attack” and “You don’t need to be Palestinian to stand with Palestinians.” Another sign said, “Stand with Israel with a slash through Israel and the Star of David.

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Marriage Equality victory in Monroe County could be the door LGBTQ advocates have been looking for listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Nadine Smith, equality florida, marriage equality, LGBTQ, LGBT, Gay Marriage, Same-sex marriage


Same sex couples in Florida could soon be able to marry in the state. But there’s a catch – it only applies to Monroe County. Yesterday, a judge there ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear when same-sex couples will be able to marry in Monroe County which includes the Florida Keys. That’s on hold until after the state’s appeal is complete.

Nadine Smith is the executive director for Equality Florida.

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From a Woman's POV discusses fracking in Florida and Medea Benjamin shares stories of Gaza listen

07/17/14 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Tags: Medea Benjamin, Gaza, Palestine, Fracking Florida, PATTY WHITEHEAD, SHILPA JOSHI, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


NO to Fracking in Florida… and elsewhere…!!!!!

Oh, yes! Perhaps not the hydraulic fracking that we have covered on this show and you have seen in the press. This is acid or chemical fracking. The oil is in the limestone, just dissolve the limestone – you get the rest…. PATTY WHITEHEAD, co-director of Preserve Our Paradise, will discuss this issue.

SHILPA JOSHI, [Chesapeake Climate Action Network](

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Florida scientists request meeting with Gov. Rick to discuss climate change listen

07/17/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Professor David Hastings, climate change, Florida, Rick Scott


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks with Science Professor David Hastings about climate change in Florida. He teaches Marine Science & Chemistry at Eckerd college and his specialities include chemical oceanography and paleoclimatology, the study of past climates.

Yesterday Gov. Rick Scott said his administration would be "happy to meet" with 10 scientists from Florida colleges and universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address.

A ...

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Former Congressman Jim Davis on Charlie Crist, Annette Taddeo, immigration & other issues listen

07/17/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Jim Davis, Bill Nelson, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein

Jim Davis represented Tampa in the House of Representatives from 1996-2006, when he stepped down and ran as the Democratic nominee for governor against then Republican Charlie Crist. The former congressman has been part of the Democratic Party establishment in Florida who has been resistant so far to Crist; Davis admits he was part of a group that worked hard to persuade Senator Bill Nelson to run for the nomination. In our half-hour discussion, we discussed Crist; his selection of Annette Ta...

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Tariq Khdeir enthusiastically welcomed home to Tampa; he says remember Palestinians who died listen

07/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, Tampa, tampa international airport, Israel, CAIR, Hassan Shibly


Tariq Khdeir has returned home to Tampa; the teenager who was beaten unconscious by Israeli police was welcomed by dozens of exuberant friends, family and supporters late Wednesday night at Tampa International Airport. photos here

In videos and photos taken shortly after his beating two weeks ago, Khdeir’s face appeared bruised and swollen. But as he and his immediate family walked off the airport tram into the welcoming arms o...

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The secret world of drones: how pilots learn to fly them listen

07/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: drones, UAV, unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance, military


Whether they’re used for dropping bombs, spying on suspected criminals or deliver packages, drones are a controversial topic. So, who flies them? Mike Sobkowski is the director of training and simulation for Corsair engineering. He says just about anyone can learn and a growing number of universities are offering classes. Sobkowski gave WMNF a behind-the-scenes look at the secret world of flying drones.

“What’s lift? What’s drag? What’s weight? What’s thrust? And then from there, to tea...

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Medical Marijuana in the Work Place listen

07/16/14 Warren Elly with Sara Reiner
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: medical marijuana, sara reiner, ADA

Today on the Last Call, host Warren Elly discusses Medical Marijuana in Florida. The decision is up to the voters come November and if approved by the required 60 percent, some predict there will be near a half million patients.

So-called “ganjapreneurs” are flocking to the state dreaming of millions in profits. “It looks like a bunch of cockroaches that just got sprayed by raid; they’re spinning around going nowhere fast. ” says Medical Marijuana backer John Morgan. Morgan told the Ta...

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