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Hillsborough School Board fires district superintendent listen

01/21/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Schools, Kathleen Shanahan, education, schools, April Griffin

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Tuesday night the Hillsborough County School Board narrowly voted to fire the district’s superintendent.

MaryEllen Elia will get more than a million dollars in compensation and her last day will be March 5.

Even though the school board voted 4-to-3 to terminate Elia’s contract, many members of the public spoke in favor of keeping her.

That includes Kathleen Shanahan who is the former chief of staff to Governor Jeb Bush.

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Listener reactions and the Republican response to Obama's state of the union address

01/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: obama, State of the Union, Joni Ernst

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Today we listen to excerpts from last night's State of the Union address followed by a republican response lead by Iowa senator Joni Ernst. Host Rob Lorei then opens up the phoneline for listeners' thoughts and opinions.

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FSU student opposes influence of Koch brothers money on the university's economics department

01/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Jerry Funt, FSU, Progress Coalition, Koch brothers, Charles Koch

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Today we speak with Jerry Funt, a philosophy and economics student at FSU, who works with student activist group Progress Coalition . Funt and the coalition are opposed to funding from the conservative Koch brothers, saying donations from the Charles Koch foundation would come with strings attached that would compromise the academic integrity of the university's economic department.

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Will Allen on WMNF listen

01/19/15 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On The Sustainable Living Martin Luther King Day Program our very special guest was Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee. Mr. Allen played basketball for the Miami Hurricanes, then played professional. In 1993 he started the Growing Power project in Milwaukee, was awarded a Ford Foundation Leadership Grant in 2005, and in 2008 received the Mac Arthur Foundation Genius Grant for Urban Farming. Will was featured in the documentary film “Fresh” and co-authored “The Good Food R...

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Black Lives Matter march planned for Bradenton; Cornel West on MLK listen

01/19/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: MLK, Cornel West, Black Lives Matter, WMNF News, Bradenton

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Today the guests on the first edition of the noon news and talk show were Crystal Wilson and Bryan Ellis. They're helping to organize a #BlackLivesMatter rally and march in Bradenton this Saturday.

It begins at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of U.S. 301 and Martin Luther King Ave. E. For more information, call: 941-321-7795.

We also heard more excerpts from Cornel West's speech last week in St. Petersbu...

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Rare MLK speech from Antioch College in 1965 marks the beginning of the civil rights leader's anti-war stance.

01/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Martin Luther King Jr., MLK, civil rights, Antioch College, Ohio, Vietnam War

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on Today's Radioactivity, we listen to a rarely aired speech by Martin Luther King Jr. from Antioch College's commencement ceremony in 1965. The speech is part of a documentary from public radio station WYSO in Yellow Springs,Ohio, and marks one of the first times MLK publicly comes out against...

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We look at the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, and approaches to the War on Terror

01/16/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Oscars, Bill O'Reilly, war on terror, Paris, Texas, guns

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Today on Radioactivity, we listen to several sound clips from today's news addressing the lack of diversity within the Oscar nominations and Bill O'Reilly solution to how America should deal with Islamic extremists. We also listen to a report from a Dallas CBS station about a Texas gun group that conducted a reenactment last week's terror attack in Pari...

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Words Words Words

01/16/15 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Erin McKean wants you to make up words Shane Koyczan knows words can bring injuries or comfort Billy Collins shapes how we write and listen.

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Ali Abunimah weighs in on Paris attacks aftermath

01/16/15 Samar Jarrah
True Talk
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Tags: Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Palestine, Israel, Paris, Charlie Hebdo

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Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah was the guest for the hour on True Talk.

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CAIR's Hassan Shibley on the Paris terrorist attack: Terrorism, or Islamic terrorism? listen

01/15/15 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Hassan Shibley, CAIR, Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis

Twelve people were killed last week at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. The satirical magazine was known for its controversial cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.

Joining us to talk about the ramifications of this terrorist attack was Hassan Shibley, executive director with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We asked Hassan if he agreed with Pop Francis, who said today that "religious freedom and freedom of expression sre fundamental human rights. But they are a...

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