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Everglades Earth First! sings Christmas Carol to save Briger Forest listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Briger Forest, Scripps, Palm Beach County, Everglades, Everglades Earth First


Earlier this month WMNF interviewed an activist with Everglades Earth First! trying to save a pristine forest in Palm Beach County from development by the high-tech company Scripps.

On Friday demonstrators fighting for the forest left a voicemail during their protest.

You’ll hear from Ruddy Turnstone with Everglades Earth First after this version of a Christmas Carol.

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Can Tampa Bay learn a lesson from Phoenix on mass transit? listen

12/12/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Don Kueth, Phoenix Community Alliance, light rail, Mass Transit


Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei discusses the future of mass transit in the Tampa Bay Area with Don Kueth, President of the Phoenix Community Alliance, whose push for mass transit in Phoenix failed several times before finally passing in 2000. Hillsborough rejected a referendum to increase the sales tax by one penny in order to improve public transportation in 2010; Pinellas did the same last month. Kueth will be meeting with local leaders in Pinellas to discuss how light rail was able...

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A new LGBT welcome center opens in St. Petersburg listen

12/12/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: LGBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Rick Kriseman, Grand Central District, welcome center, Saint Petersburg


A new welcome center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents is opening Friday evening in St. Petersburg. It will be a gathering place for people who might not have many options of a safe place to go.

The new LGBT welcome center is housed in an early 20th century bungalow along the historic Grand Central District of Saint Petersburg. It’s only the 3rd of its kind in the US; Miami and Seatt...

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Abu Zubaydah's sister-in-law responds to his "sadistic" torture at hands of CIA listen

12/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Abu Zubaydah, torture, CIA, Guantanamo Bay, prison, waterboarding


In the summary of the U.S. Senate’s report on CIA torture the abuse of one prisoner is mentioned dozens of times; Zayn Abu Zubaydah was the first person the CIA disappeared into its secret prison network and the first subjected to a number of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which are generally considered torture. For example, he was waterboarded at least 83 times.

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Gambling on Bowling & Tempus Projects is 5 years old. listen

12/12/14 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear
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Happy 5th birthday Tempus Projects! Art in Tampa in the 21st century. And interview with author Manzione about action bowling in NYC in the 60s, with gangsters and hustlers.

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Mark Sharpe on making Hillsborough County a better place to live (work & play, too) listen

12/11/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Mark Sharpe, Tampa Bay Rays, Senate Intelligence Committee

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe joined the program to talk about his new job working in the USF area, as well as major issues like baseball in Tampa, transportation and other quality of life issues. Oh, and we get his take on the Senate Intelligence report on torture as well.

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Politifact's 2014 Lie of the year, and a counterpoint to raising the minimum wage listen

12/11/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: PolitiFact, Angie Drobnic Holan, Michael Saltsman, Employment Policies Institute, minimum wage


Today, Politifact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan gives us a run-down on the nominees for the fact-checking website's 2014 Lie of the year, the top statements rated as false or "pants on fire" false by Politifact. This year's picks range in topic from healthcare and job growth to ISIS and Ebola. Winners will be decided by separate editor's and reader's polls. Next, we speak with Michael Saltsman, Research Director of Employment Policies Institute, a Washington-based research organization opposed...

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Does Torture Work? Veteran CIA agent shares his perspective on enhanced interrogation. listen

12/11/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)

Tags: Glen Carle, CIA, Senate Intelligence Commitee, Enhanced Interrogation, Torture.


Yesterday,The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation techniques and secret detention of suspected terrorists, concluding that "The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees." Today on Radioactivity, we speak with retired CIA field officer Glenn Carle. Carle worked for the CIA for 23 years and up until his retirement in 2007 was the Deputy National Intelligenc...

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St. Petersburg Police Chief gets proactive about police engagement as protesters rally outside listen

12/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Anthony Holloway, Uhuru, African American, police, violence, racial profile, profiling, Urban League, Saint Petersburg, sensitivity training


Amid a nationwide outcry for justice and concerns about racial profiling in African-American communities, the Saint Petersburg Chief of Police hosted a panel Tuesday night about police engagement. Around 20 city officials, members of the black community, and current and former law enforcement brainstormed ways to reduce racial profiling.

While Chief Anthony Holloway’s meeting was going on inside police headquarters, about 30 protesters rallied outside against police violence.

One of th...

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U.S. Senate releases summary of CIA torture report listen

12/09/14 Associated Press
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: torture, George W. Bush, CIA, Dianne Feinstein, Senate, Crimes


The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the panel's long-awaited report on brutal CIA interrogation practices used after the 9/11 terror attacks stands as a record of "a stain on our values and on our history."

Senator Dianne Feinstein stood before the Senate to summarize the committee's seven-year effort to uncover and evaluate the ...

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