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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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Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards joins us today on Radioactivity listen

12/09/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: George C. Edwards, American Presidency


Today on Radioactivity, we are talking with leading Presidential Scholar George C. Edwards. Edwards is the the Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University, as well as the editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of the Oxford Handbooks of American Politics, in addition to authoring and editing over 25 books on the American presidency and politics. He will be speaking at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg...

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Greenpeace to put coal in Duke's stockings at St. Pete rally listen

12/09/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Greenpeace, Duke, Duke Energy, nuclear, nuclear power, nuclear energy, advanced cost recovery


State Representative Dwight Dudley filed legislation Tuesday to keep utility companies from charging higher rates when billing cycles are longer. In a press release, the Democrat from St. Petersburg said Republican State Senator Charlie Dean will file a companion bill soon. It comes in response to Duke Energy Florida adjusting the timing of meter reading that added several days to customers’ bill earlier this year resulting in overcharges.

Meanwhile, two local state lawmakers filed bills t...

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The Last Call with Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policy Institute listen

12/08/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Michael Saltsman, Employment Policy Institute

Today on Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with Michael Saltsman, who is an opponent of raising the minimum wage. He works for the Employment Policy Institute, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to studying public policy issues surrounding employment growth.

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Electric Vehicles listen

12/08/14 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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On today’s Sustainable Living program we spent the hour talking about Light Electric Vehicles (LEVs) and especially electric bikes. One of our guests was the founder of Pro EV, Cliff Rassweiler, located in Miami. Pro EV promotes electric vehicles as an alternative to internal combustion powered vehicles. Also joining the show we had a contributing writer for Inside EVs, Ted Dillard. Ted writes for other publications as well, including Home Power Magaz...

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Activists demand black control of the police in their neighborhoods listen

12/08/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Race, profiling, police, brutality, Michael Brown, Anthony Holloway, Florida Courier, Eric Garner, Uhuru, racism


In the wake of a series of police killings around the country, Sunday in St. Petersburg community activists held a forum on police violence and institutional racism. The city's new police chief backed out of participating- which didn't sit well with the audience.

The forum was sponsored by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at their headquarters on 18th Avenue South. About 100 people attended. One of the speakers- Rev. Manuel Sykes Pasto...

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